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bpas comment on plans for new abortion legislation in Ireland

Published 19 December 2012

bpas comment on plans to legalise abortion in cases when the mother's life is at risk in Ireland.

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:

 "We welcome moves to give clarity to doctors and pregnant women whose lives are at risk, although it is still unclear how these cases will be assessed and when a woman's life is deemed to be sufficiently threatened to warrant her request for an abortion.

We need to bear in mind that while such steps are positive, they will do nothing at this stage to help the thousands of Irish women who travel abroad every year to end pregnancies they feel unable to continue with - including those women where serious problems have been detected with a much wanted pregnancy. We look forward to a time when Ireland no longer exports abortion to other countries which protect and value the ability of women to make decisions about their lives and their families."

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