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Stanley supports repeal of Eighth Amendment

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Laois Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley supports repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.

Deputy Stanley said that he is “broadly in support” of repealing the Eighth Amendment “in restricted circumstances” – which in line with the Sinn Fein party position.

The Sinn Fein position agrees to the availability of abortion in cases where a woman’s life, health, mental health is at serious risk and also in cases of sexual abuse, fatal foetal abnormalities and rape.

This policy does not state a specific time limitation on when a woman could avail of abortion.

No free vote

It was announced in November 2017 that there would be no free vote for Sinn Fein TDs and Senators.

Sinn Fein voted down the option for elected representatives to be allowed to vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience or personal opinion.

Fianna Gael TDs will have a free vote on the issue.

Meanwhile, Laois Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming has refused to state his stance on the abortion referendum over the 8th Amendment.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.