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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has promised swift action over the issue of abortion laws and sought a "calm and rational" discussion on it amid raging controversy over the death of Savita Halappanavar who was refused termination of an unviable pregnancy.
However, there was adverse reaction within his own party, with some members complaining that they were being "press-ganged" into moving too rapidly to deal with the matter. The development came as the report of an expert group, set up after the 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgement against Ireland on the issue of abortion, was discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday and subsequently published online. Though the report contains four options, it leans in favour of a flexible combination of legislation and regulations.
A Parliament debate on the report started on Tuesday.
According to The Irish Times, the Prime Minister said that prior to the Parliament going into recess for Christmas "the Government will make its view known, arising from those discussions and our own views, regarding which option it decides to pursue."
Before the Parliament resumes, the Joint Committee on Health and Children will hold public hearings on whatever option is chosen.
Kenny said "the legislative options will be followed through by the Government".
This appeared to rule out non-statutory guidelines, one of the options listed in the report.
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