Irish abortion plan 'may be step too far'

  • Irish abortion plan 'may be step too far'

Irish abortion plan 'may be step too far'

It proposed repealing the amendment, which gives equal status to a woman and her unborn child, and replacing it with legislation allowing unrestricted terminations up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

He added that when he makes his decision he will advocate along the lines of how he is voting, and said ministers would be free to campaign on either side of the debate.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed concern that a proposal to make abortion legally available on request up to 12 weeks might be a "step too far" for the public.

Following the meeting, Varadkar said that "it certainly went further than I would have anticipated a year or two ago".

The report will likely to take centre stage when the Dáil returns next week.

Speaking today, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the issue has been a "challenging and sensitive" one but that he supports the recommendations of the committee.

The minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, said the issue was "complex and emotive" and that she would continue to consult members of her constituency, particularly women.

The Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the Oireachtas Committee report which was published just before Christmas.

In a clear sign of the divide within Fine Gael, Junior Minister Patrick O'Donovan told reporters: "Every household in the country is going to have different views on this".