A motion calling on the Health Minister to provide full perinatal hospice care to women who’ve been told their babies may not survive after birth, led to emotive scenes at Kerry County Council.
Fianna Fáil Cllr John Joe Culloty proposed the motion at the council’s monthly meeting – Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris however took exception to some of his remarks.
Cllr Culloty said the provision of this type of hospice care was very important.
He said “the equal right to life of all should be protected – born and unborn” in reference to recent calls for the Eighth Amendment to be repealed in the case of fatal foetal abnormality.
Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris took exception to some of Cllr Culloty’s remarks, saying he had “no right to judge women who’ve been told their babies won’t survive”.
She added, as someone who had lost a relative not long after birth, Cllr Culloty “couldn’t possibly understand” the situation.
Cllr Culloty rejected her claims, denying any judgement on his behalf.
Cllr Ferris went on to clarify that while she supported his motion calling for the provision of perinatal hospice care, the issue, she said, was a separate one – not linked to calls to repeal the Eight Amendment.