The Minister for Health, Micheál Martin, launched Fianna Fáil's case for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum in Cork this morning.

He accused opponents of the referendum of dealing with everything but the proposal and said that a lot of the debate so far has been dominated by deliberate misrepresentations.

Referring to the Chen case and to the numbers of pregnant women travelling here he said 'it would be irresponsible to know that there is a problem and to step back and do nothing.'

He called the Government's approach as balanced and responsible and said it would simply bring the laws into line with the rest of Europe.

He also rejected suggestions that the referendum was hasty and not properly thought through.