CWN - July 12, 2013
In the early hours of July 12, following a marathon debate, the
Irish parliament voted 127-31 in favor of the Protection of Life
During Pregnancy Bill, which legalizes abortion in some
circumstances, including when the mother says she is suicidal.
Only five members of the majority Fine Gael party broke ranks with
Prime Minister Enda Kelly, who did not permit a conscience vote on
the issue. In doing so, the five were automatically expelled from
One of the five, Lucinda Creighton, 33, resigned from her post as
Ireland’s European affairs minister.
“I think compromise is essential to any coalition,” she said. “I
feel we've compromised on economic issues, social policy, and so on.
But when it comes to something that is a matter of life and death,
at least as far as I'm concerned it is, I think it's not really
possible to compromise.”
In addition, Sinn Féin, Ireland’s fourth-largest party, suspended a
lawmaker who voted against the bill.