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Pro Life Campaign challenges Junior Minister over remarks on abortion

Kathleen Lynch said the Government would have no choice but to legislate for abortion in certain circumstances if the expert group, tasked with looking at the issue, recommends it.

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THE MINISTER OF State at the Department for Health Kathleen Lynch has been challenged by the Pro Life Campaign over comments she made yesterday regarding abortion.

Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Lynch she thought the Government would not have a choice but to legislate for abortion in certain circumstances if the expert group, having looked at the issue, recommends abortion legislation.

The expert group has been tasked with considering how to accommodate the X Case ruling, after Ireland’s government has came under fire for allegedly failing to properly address a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on the issue of abortion access in the state.

Commenting on Minister Lynch’s remarks, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said the expert group  had been tasked with producing “a wide range of options for consideration by the Government” and was not meant to recommend one particular course of action.

“If the Expert Group reports with a narrow list of options, all leading to abortion, it will be not be based on medicine or law but politics,” she said.

“The European court judgment in A, B and C v Ireland did not compel Ireland to introduce abortion.  It sought clarity in the law in this area which is an entirely different matter.  Those seeking to introduce abortion in Ireland are intentionally distorting this fact while ignoring another important fact, namely, that Ireland, without abortion, is the safest place in the world for pregnant women.”

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