Sinn Féin TD claims abortion legalisation could lead to Eugenics

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Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has said he is worried introducing abortion into Ireland could lead to Eugenics.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Tóibín said abortion legalisation could see increased rates of abortion for children with Down syndrome.

He will attend a debate in the Dáil later on an Oireachtas Committee recommendation to have unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.

Sinn Féin is the only major political party not allowing members a free vote on the issue.

Peadar Tóibín has said the legalisation of abortion would go against his beliefs:

“For example, in Denmark, 98% of all children who are diagnosed to have Down syndrome in the womb are aborted,” he said.

“In countries like Iceland, the figure is nearly 100%

“I would actually be worried that it could be used as a form of eugenics to a certain extent.

“Life should not be about those who are perfect; those who are perfectly formed; life should be a right for absolutely everybody.”

Conscience vote

Deputy Tóibín was suspended from Sinn Féin for six months in 2013 after he voted against the party on the abortion bill.

However, he said he now has an agreement with party leadership which allows him to speak his mind about abortion – provided he outlines the party view alongside his own.

This afternoon, the Dáil will begin a two-day debate on the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

Deputy Tóibín has pledged to vote with his conscience:

Listen to the complete interview below:


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