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Bill on fatal foetal abnormality
04 Mar 2015 22:10
Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara is to introduce a bill in the Dáil tomorrow to allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases involving fatal foetal abnormalities.
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Mr McNamara said the bill includes a definition of fatal foetal abnormalities and sets out the medical conditions where it would apply.
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This would involve cases where the baby would not be born alive and also cases where the baby would be born without a brain and would die a short period after birth.
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The mother would have the choice to have a termination, he said.
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His bill comes a few days after the party's conference during which an internal committee involving Senator Ivana Bacik recommended a referendum should be held to deal with a broad range of issues including fatal foetal abnormalities, incest, rape and a risk to the mother's health and life.
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It consulted legal and medical experts.
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