O’Neill welcomes fatal foetal working group report

Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill has welcomed today’s publication of an inter-Departmental working group report that recommends changing the law to allow for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.

The report was commissioned by the then Health and Justice Ministers in 2016 and Michelle O’Neill said it highlighted a clear necessity for reform.

She commented: “There is obviously a need for a more compassionate approach to the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities as was highlighted by the heart-breaking Sarah Ewart case.

“It was also very evident during my time as Health Minister that medical professionals and clinicians need clarification on the legal position regarding these cases.

“This report from health professionals validates all of that and what we need to see now is the restoration of the power-sharing institutions so that we can get on with legislating on matters such as this and all those other areas that impact on public services and the lives of our citizens