Irish Bill to Reduce Penalty for Abortion Defeated in Dáil

(The Irish Times) A bill to reduce the penalty for an illegal abortion from 14 years in prison to €1 has been overwhelmingly defeated in the Dáil.

The private members bill, introduced this week by AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith, was defeated by 81 votes to 26 in the Dáil on Thursday, with 22 TDs abstaining.

The bill is the latest in a series of private members bills brought forward by opposition TDs in this Dáil and the last seeking to liberalise Ireland’s strict laws banning abortion in almost all instances. All have been defeated.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Good. The Irish need Christian education to cherish human life since conception and that homosexuality is sin. People can be happy by honoring God, keeping purity before marriage, having one-man-and-one-woman-marriage, staying faithful to each other for lifetime, having all the children God gives( or adopt if none), and working hard to protect and provide the children. Life gets hit by numerous griefs, but the godly ideals must never be given up. The world is normal and sane and civilized when it does the best interest for all children. Ireland has the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Man was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. All others are futile and harm children one way or another.