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Fitzgerald, Frances

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 am pleased to have the opportunity to make a statement on the report of the expert group on the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of A, B and C v. Ireland. I firs...More Button

Some of my colleagues in this House are young enough not to know much about the campaigns and debates of the 1980s and 1990s but both were impassioned. It was often the level of passion which rend...More Button

We must now repair the gap, the lack of trust and the uncertainty that has now developed between the people, their legislators and the maternity hospitals with regard to pregnancy. We must make ...More Button

Let us also face another reality for Irish women. As of this year, more than 4,000 women travel annually out of Ireland for terminations. These are daughters, wives, partners, sisters, mothers,...More Button

The people involved in such cases frequently find themselves ridden by internal contradictions. One woman told me she voted "pro-life", as she termed it, in the 1983 referendum, and she also tol...More Button

Since when has it become permissible to make such bald and dismissive statements about women and people presenting with serious mental health problems? Since when has it become permissible to re...More Button

Where we have progressed it has come through respectful responses to reality. Our attempts to reduce the levels of unplanned pregnancy and provide better support and encouragement - there is his...More Button

This debate has specifically been about a failure to act in the wake of the X case and in light of the cases which have arisen since. It has resulted in an unacceptably grey area in medical prac...More Button

As we move to meet this need, we must not segregate women into the selfish majority who are not to be trusted in this area and the tragic few hard cases as to do so would be irresponsible and shame...More Button

This Government is committed to doing what no Government has done before. We will make the necessary changes to bring clarity to this issue by regulation, legislation or a combination of both. ...More Button

We must also acknowledge the painful reality for those expectant families who are faced with the news that their baby will not survive outside the womb. These tragic cases of fatal foetal abnorm...More Button

Some question marks have also arisen about the accuracy of Irish statistics on maternal deaths. We must have accurate data on maternal mortality, the number of diagnoses of fatal foetal abnormal...More Button

Whatever guidelines are developed as a result of the events of recent months, they must be enacted in the common good and respect the fact that the people who live here are of many faiths and non...More Button

Can the legacy of recent weeks and our accumulating understanding of our flawed system lead us to holding a national debate which grasps the reality and complexity of crisis pregnancy? I sincere...More Button