Stagg welcomes controversial bill

Deputy Emmet Stagg.
KILDARE North, TD, Emmet Stagg, has welcomed the Government bill on abortion issue.

KILDARE North, TD, Emmet Stagg, has welcomed the Government bill on abortion issue.

The Labour TD said the agreement by Cabinet is “a sensible and workable solution to legislating for the X Case is to be welcomed.”

“For over 20 years, the Labour Party has been a strong, and most often, a lone voice on the need to act in relation to the X Case.

“The agreement on the Heads of Bill is testament to the Government’s determination to comprehensively deal with this sensitive issue and provide clarity to ensure women’s lives are protected.

Deputy Stagg said the legislation that will be developed following publication of the Heads of Bill will be in the context of the X Case judgement and “will solely deal with instances where there is a threat to the life of a woman, including the risk of suicide.”

“Legislating for the X Case is a serious and legally complex issue, however it is first and foremost about protecting the life of the woman. The issue has been with us for 20 years and this is the first Government that is dealing with it.”

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