JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter says it is "not an option" to leave out the threat of suicide as a grounds for abortion.

Fine Gael backbenchers are concerned about the inclusion of suicide in the forthcoming expected legislation on abortion in limited circumstances.

Mr Shatter says decision in the Supreme Court in the X case and subsequent court cases are clear on the question on suicide.

"It is not an option to leave it out," he said on RTE's Morning Ireland.

The minister said "the people have been absolutely clear" too in referenda in 1992 and 2002 on this question.

“The Supreme Court is absolutely clear about this issue and the people have been absolutely clear," he said.

Full article by Fionnan Sheahan here