Pro Life Campaign welcomes statements from two more Oireachtas Members that they will vote against abortion Bill

Pro Life Campaign welcomes statements from two more Oireachtas Members that they will vote against abortion Bill

Pro Life Campaign welcomes statements from two more Oireachtas Members that they will vote against abortion Bill

More and more TDs and Senators realise that legislation is life-ending, not life-saving

25th June 2013

In a statement today Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign Cora Sherlock welcomed the decision of Fine Gael Senator Tom Sheahan and Independent TD Denis Naughten to vote against the Government’s proposed abortion legislation.

Senator Tom Sheahan confirmed that he would vote against the legislation given serious issues he has with it while Deputy Denis Naughten, a member of the Oireachtas Health Committee said that he wouldn't be voting for the legislation if the provision for abortion on the grounds of suicide remains.

Ms. Sherlock said: “It is heartening that more Oireachtas Members understand what is really contained in this Bill and see how truly unjust it is.  For example the Bill permits abortion through the full nine months of pregnancy and it denies the fact that abortion, rather than being a treatment for suicidal ideation, actually exposes women to greater risk of negative mental health consequences."

She continued: “We applaud those who are willing to stand up against this legislation.  They deserve our thanks. It is completely undemocratic that to date there has been no real debate in the Dáil on what the abortion Bill actually contains. If there was I expect that many more TDs and Senators would voice their opposition to it.”

“Our Taoiseach has ignored the right of conscience on this issue.   It is a shame that TDs and Senators are being forced to chose between their livelihood and their conscience", Ms. Sherlock concluded