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“A doubling down on death”: TD slams proposed radical changes to abortion law 

Laois Offaly TD Carol Nolan has issued a stinging criticism of potential changes to the existing abortion law, describing them as a ‘radical departure from every single commitment provided to the Irish people in 2018 and 2019 and a fundamental breach of trust that will result in the deaths of thousands of more unborn children and an increase in harm to women and mothers.’

The Independent TD was speaking after it was reported today that the 3 Year Abortion review headed by Barrister Marie O’Shea is set to recommend ‘sweeping changes’ to the law including the removal of the three-day waiting and reflection period, full decriminalisation and an extension of the 12-week limit:

“If the reporting we are reading today is an accurate reflection of the reviews recommendations and if they are sanctioned by Government, then it is, without doubt, the greatest betrayal of voters in recent years,” said Deputy Nolan.

“More importantly they will result in a significant loss of life and an increase in the number of women out there who will suffer from the kind of abortion regret that we know women experience,” she said.

“I know from PQs I have received from the HSE itself that over the last number of years thousands of women have changed their mind after the initial abortion consultation. This is strong evidence of the value of the three-day reflection period in its current form.”

“The Review looks set to be a full-frontal assault on unborn human life that is simply catastrophic given that Ireland has already seen the loss of almost 30,000 lives through abortion since the law was enacted.”

“This is a doubling down on death that is truly terrifying because it represents a dismissal of any commitment to legislative or medical caution.”

“I can only hope that the reviews recommendations meet with principled and stiff resistance when they come before the Dáil for debate and that the TDs who said they would go ‘this far and no further’ in 2018/19 remember the promises they made to the Irish people.”

I for one remain proudly pro-life, pro-woman and pro-mother and for those reasons I will be opposing them if they are presented to us,” concluded Deputy Nolan.

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