Government preparing for 12-week abortion limit despite Cabinet doubts

Ministers To Consider Changes To Ireland's Abortion Laws

Ministers To Consider Changes To Ireland's Abortion Laws

He has expressed concerns that the proposal to allow abortions in Ireland without restrictions up until 12 weeks into pregnancy could be too much for the majority of the general public.

Mr Donohoe yesterday said that he supported the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on abortion, which last month called for sweeping reform of the law.

Independent TD and Minister of State Finian McGrath said attention must be paid to the disability element to the debate, while Minister for Transport Shane Ross suggested no legislation on abortion should proposed until after a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment is passed.

We didn't come to any final decisions today, we want there to be more consultation. And also there will be a three-day debate in the Dáil and the Seanad on the report.

The Dáil will debate the Committee's report for three days next week, which will be preceded by a special meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party next Monday. I know other parties are going to do the same.

Some ministers have publicly stated their position while others have not.

While Varadkar has said that his Cabinet would take a collective decision on whether to hold a referendum, he has said that ministers would be able to "dissent" from that.

Also speaking after a two hour cabinet discussion on the issue the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, said he wanted to see proposed legislation on abortion, before making his views on the matter public.

"For a lot of people, not just in cabinet, a lot of people in the country, the proposal to allow for the termination of pregnancies up to 12 weeks went further than many people would have anticipated", he said. I don't believe this is an issue that should be in our Constitution.

The Taoiseach stressed that there would be a free vote on the issue in Fine Gael and TDs and Ministers would be free to campaign against the measure if they wished. The Government wants to hold the referendum either in May or early June.

A number of ministers are known to be in favour of supporting the recommendations - including Simon Harris, Paschal Donohoe, Regina Doherty, Eoghan Murphy, Katherine Zappone, Josepha Madigan and Charlie Flanagan.

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