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Irish party leader says public fears abortion on demand

January 07, 2013

The leader of Ireland’s Fianna Fáil party says that a move to ease legal restrictions on abortion will face opposition from the public because of fears that the legislation could lead quickly to legal abortion on demand.

Michael Martin told the Irish Examiner that he “remains to be convinced” by the government that new legislation is necessary. He said that Fianna Fáil has not yet taken a stand on the proposed abortion reform, because the government has not yet released the bill.

“The vast majority of people are against abortion on demand,” Martin said. He expressed concern that a proposal to allow abortion when a woman’s health is endangered could be interpreted to allow for abortion on demand.


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