Prompt passage of legislation and immediate repeal of Abortion Information Act essential – Mary Lou Mary McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called for the prompt passage of legislation to give affect to the result of Friday’s referendum.

Deputy McDonald also called the repeal of the 1995 Abortion Information Act.

Speaking during Leaders Questions today, Teachta McDonald said;

“Our attention, as elected representatives, now turns to the job of enacting legislation. It is crucial that we get this done without delay and that we get it right.

“I appreciate that there are complexities in meeting the three key objectives of passing sound legislation, drafting and agreeing medical guidelines, and enacting regulations.

“However, this work should happen in tandem.

“I believe that by working together constructively we can pass the necessary legislation promptly. I hope that every member of the Oireachtas will act constructively in recognition of the democratic decision of the people.

“The people have played their part. It is now up to us as legislators to play ours.”

“We must also remember, between now and the enactment of legislation, women in crisis face all the same challenges they did before the referendum was passed.

“Women still become pregnant. Some of these pregnancies will be crisis situations such as the result of a rape and the diagnosis of a Fatal Foetal Anomalies. Women will still have to travel for terminations.

“We cannot leave women in the impossible position where they travel without their medical records and with only a phone number for a clinic in their back pockets.

“I believe that a positive and necessary step, in the interim period, is the immediate repeal of the 1995 Abortion Information Act.

“This would allow doctors to make referrals for women and to confer with doctors outside of this state about the care of women travelling for terminations. Repeal of this Act would provide women with some degree of support and confidence.”