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Nolan, Derek

Monday, 17 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I commend my colleague, Deputy Conaghan, on what was a very thoughtful speech on his personal experience and engagement with the issue over the past 30 years. I also commend the late Jim Kemmy and...More Button

As a constituency representative of Galway West I wish to express my deep sympathy to the family of Savita Halappanavar, her husband Praveen, their relatives in India and their friends in the Ind...More Button

During my short time in politics the issue of medical termination of pregnancy has been the most divisive and polarising issue with which I have had to engage. It has been around for a long time...More Button

The X case resulted less than ten years later in 1992, and the Supreme Court upheld a different interpretation, stating there is a right to termination where there is a real and substantial risk ...More Button

We should not forget the details of the X case. A 14 year old girl left at home to be minded by a family friend was raped and impregnated. She was left in a terrible mental health state and sui...More Button

It is always worth keeping that in our minds.

  On the judgment in A, B and C v. Ireland, we must be clear, first as legislators. We cannot distinguish ourselves from thi...More Button

It is worth listening to the experts who operate in this area. One of those to whom I have listened on the radio is Dr. Anthony McCarthy, a consultant perinatal psychiatrist. Another, and with wh...More Button

In our debate, we run the risk of talking about women's suicidal feelings as something that should be ignored or stigmatised. The cavalier manner with which the risk of suicide and mental health...More Button

I agree and I withdraw that.More Button

The two other perinatal psychiatrists, however, said that suicide in pregnancy exists and is real. For the majority of women the last thing they would do would be to suggest or prescribe a termina...More Button

When we are discussing this in future and if we get to deal with legislation, the doctors have asked for two options. One concerns how to deal with the majority of cases of women who will not re...More Button

I also wish to refer to some of the arguments that have come forward against this matter. The first one is that the Supreme Court judgment is flawed. That is a very cavalier thing to say. It w...More Button

The second argument, which we hear a lot, is that Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for women to give birth. I do not deny that but the safest country is Italy which has a much mo...More Button

The third argument is that we are going down the route taken in the UK. This is the most unfair argument of all because the UK law is based on the 1967 Act which refers not to the life of a woma...More Button

It refers to mental or physical abnormalities or serious disabilities. As none of those scenarios would happen in Ireland, where a constitutional protection is in place on the life of the unborn, ...More Button

The fourth argument one hears, which is technical in nature, is that the Supreme Court did not hear medical evidence when it was making its decision. This goes back to the idea that the judgment...More Button

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for his indulgence and will conclude by noting that I am very aware that as a man, I will never be in this position. However, I do not believe this precludes me from ...More Button