TWO Labour party ministers have pushed for legislation on the controversial abortion issue.

The expert group report on the issue is due to outline four options about how to allow for abortions where a mother’s life is in danger.

But it has pointed out that only legislation is likely to be able to solve the problem.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn firmly backed legislation as the way forward.

“Anyone who has an interest in this should read the 1861 legislation and look at what that actually says, and I think anyone looking at that will regard that a legislative response would seem to be the most appropriate,” he said.

His colleague, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, also took the same approach.