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Higgins, Joe

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

The aim of the amendments in my name and those I am co-sponsoring in the grouping is to bring focus to the issue of the health of women in pregnancy. Unfortunately, the health of pregnant women ha...More Button

There has been a significant emphasis in the Bill on the unborn, as it is termed. “Unborn”, according to the definitions section of the Bill, “in relation to a human life, is a reference to such...More Button

This is minimal legislation designed to cover in the most minimal fashion the situation thrown up by the Supreme Court in the X case. It is a cowardly Bill from the point of view of the Governme...More Button

There has been much debate on the chilling effect of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 on medical personnel, particularly when confronted with women with life-threatening pregnancies. The...More Button

Unfortunately, that is something that is continued in this legislation.

  Finally, the fact is that the Government is way behind the feelings, views, and empathy and sympathy of ...More Button

I want to reiterate that with the key amendments in this tranche we want to end the invidious distinction made in legislation between the health and the life of a woman. We seek to include health ...More Button

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed)

I move amendment No. 2:

    In page 5, line 5, after "pregnancy;" to insert "to make provision for lawful abortion where there is a risk to maternal life;&qu...More Button

    Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

    I move amendment No. 5:

      In page 5, line 14, after “Life” to insert “and Health”.
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    The intent of the amendment is to make very slightly less onerous a massively onerous provision affecting a woman who presents in this acute situation. We should call on the Minister of State to r...More Button

    Business of Dáil (Continued)

    No IndicatorVoted No More Button

    Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

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    I will be succinct. Here we really get to the essence of the problem for myself and the Socialist Party. The Bill was supposed to legislate for the tragic circumstances of the X case, for which w...More Button

    The provision we have made for inevitable miscarriage should be accepted by the Government and should be included in this legislation. The current position is that a miscarriage with complicatio...More Button

    Similarly, with regard to the fatal foetal abnormalities, the arguments have been made. It really is unsustainable for the Government not to accept a change that, even by its standards and withi...More Button

    This is a breaking point as far as I am concerned. It is because of this combination of issues, in conjunction with the criminalisation of a woman in those circumstances - indeed, in other circums...More Button

    In respect of the refrain by the Minister of State, Deputy Alex White, on the previous Bills put, the fact is that in one year the position has changed considerably in the State. First, there has ...More Button

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    Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed)

    I move amendment No. 12:

      In page 6, between lines 4 and 5, to insert the following:
        “ “incest” means the crime of sexual relations taking pla...More Button

          The Dáil adjourned at 5 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, 11 July 2013.More Button