ZAPPONE SAYS ABORTION REFERENDUM SHOULD HAPPEN BEFORE NEXT SPRING

The Children’s Minister says a referendum on abortion should take place by next spring, at the latest – and any delay would be a betrayal of women’s rights.

An all-party Oireachtas committee will be established shortly to consider a recommendation from the Citizens Assembly – on reforming Ireland’s abortion laws.

Meanwhile, the TD who could represent Fine Gael on that committee has expressed concerns about a proposed restriction on abortion at the 12-week stage.

Kate O’Connell says her personal preference would be 8-10 weeks.

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