Decision on abortion law 'in the next three weeks' - Minister Alan Shatter

Wednesday 28 November 2012 22.08
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Alan Shatter said there had to be a provision for abortion where there was a risk of suicide
Alan Shatter said there had to be a provision for abortion where there was a risk of suicide
Vigils for Savita Halappanavar have previously been held in Galway
Vigils for Savita Halappanavar have previously been held in Galway

The Government will make a decision in the next three weeks on how to proceed with giving legal clarity to the issue of abortion where the mother's life is at risk, according to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Shatter said a decision would be made on the matter before the Dáil goes into recess in the middle of December.

"There's clear reasoning set out in the report as to what may be the preferable option, and those decisions will be made by the Government in the next three weeks," he said.

Mr Shatter also said it is not an option to leave out a provision for abortion where there is a risk of suicide.

"The Supreme Court is absolutely clear about this issue and the people have been absolutely clear," he said.

"There were attempts made by previous governments in 1992 and 2002 to remove suicide as an issue, the people on both occasions turned that down.

"We have an obligation as the Government to put in place the architecture to address these issues."

Galway students hold Savita Halappanavar vigil

Students from NUI Galway held a vigil this morning in memory of Savita Halappanavar, who died after a miscarriage at the city's university hospital a month ago today.

It was one of a number of vigils and protests held around the country calling on the Government to make a change to legislation to prevent deaths such as Mrs Halappanavar's.

The HSE and the Health Information and Quality Authority are both investigating the circumstances surrounding the care and treatment she received.

However, the family of Mrs Halappanavar have given the Minister for Health James Reilly until tomorrow to agree to a public inquiry into her death or else they say they will take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.