Government’s Determination to Push Through Abortion Bill Alarming – Ó Domhnaill

Donegal FG, Sinn Féin and Independent TD’s vote for abortion despite Pro-Life election promise.


Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the FG/Labour Government for pushing the abortion bill through the Dáil and into the Seanad in an unprecedented manner despite the fact that the justification for the Bill is now in tatters. This is being done to enact the legislation before the Summer recess.


Speaking from Leinster House this morning (Thursday), the Donegal Senator who is vehemently opposed to the Government abortion bill said; “In my view the Government is trying to force into law, flawed legislation. The proposed Bill is based on a false premise as there is absolutely no evidence that an abortion benefits someone who is suicidal. The medical evidence actually shows that someone who has an abortion is at increased risk of self-harm, subsequent increase in mental health issues, substance abuse, and even suicide.”


“The question must also be asked of the Donegal TD’s who voted for this legislation as to why they did so, particularly in light of the fact that some of those TD’s including Pearse Doherty and the two Fine Gael TD’s gave Pre-Election promises before the last General Election that they would not support any legislation that  would introduce abortion.”


“This Bill, if passed, by the Dáil and Seanad will see Ireland introduce one of the most liberal abortion laws in the World – given that no term limits apply. Such abortions are likely to  be carried out in Public Hospitals, including Sligo and Letterkenny General Hospitals.”


“Britain introduced a law promised at the time as a very restrictive abortion regime in 1967. The Law was introduced by the then Health Minister Lord Steel, who has recently said that Ireland would be making a grave mistake if it goes ahead with plans to legislate for termination on the grounds of a threat of suicide. In 1968 there were 22,332 abortions in England and Wales; by 1972 the number was 108,000. Today, in Britain, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion.”


“How can Donegal Sinn Féin TD’s proclaim to be Republican and standing up for  most vulnerable in our Society while on the other hand voting to end the life of the most vulnerable in our Society – the unborn child. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, read by Pádraig Pearce outside the GPO at the start of the Easter Rising 1916, states; The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all it’s citizens, and declares it’s resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all it’s parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”



“The Government and the Sinn Féin Party are now pressing ahead to legislate for the flawed Supreme Court ruling, which ignores expert psychiatric evidence. How can they seriously suggest or support that the Oireachtas should legislate, in what amounts to a matter of life or death for another human being, on the basis of no medical knowledge. Two former Supreme Court justices have said this judgement is moot. If only the Government listen to the evidence.”


“There is simply no other area of law where a threat of suicide for one person is sufficient to deprive another person of most basic fundamental right. Every baby who dies as a result of this legislation, dies due to a TD or Senator voting in favour of this Bill. Are we to abandon the principle of equality and decree that some human lives are less equal than others? This flies in the face of the Constitution’s words and also in the face of the proclamation of the Irish Republic.”



Note to Editors – The debate will resume (Report Stage) in Dáil Éireann today Thursday at 4.30 p.m. The Bill if passed by Dáil Éireann will then proceed to Seanad Éireann for Second Stage debate on Friday or Monday next.

Posted: Jul 11, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized