The Catholic Church has suggested a referendum be held to overturn the Supreme Court's X case judgment on abortion.
Representing Irish bishops, Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones told the Oireachtas Health Committee that terminating a pregnancy was never morally permissible.
The senior cleric said: "The Catholic church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of the mother, or the life of the mother to that of the child."
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