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Abortion

LIVE: Dáil debates bill allowing limited access to abortion

Clare Daly’s proposals would provide limited access to abortion when the life of the mother is in “real and substantial danger”.

THE DÁIL this morning resumes debating legislation put forward by United Left Alliance deputy Clare Daly, whose proposals would legislate for the Supreme Court’s ruling in The X Case 20 years ago.

The Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012, if passed, would provide limited access to abortion when the life of the mother is in “real and substantial danger”.

A vote on the legislation will be called shortly before 1pm. Last night health minister James Reilly said the government “cannot accept” the bill in its current form.

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