Ireland: TDs who defy SF on abortion ‘will be disciplined’

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TDs who defy SF on abortion 'will be disciplined'

Cormac McQuinn
February 12 2018

Sinn Féin TDs who oppose the party's position on abortion face the prospect of disciplinary action, its new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Two of its TDs, Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan, are against repealing the Eighth Amendment and legislation that would allow unrestricted abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are allowing free votes for their TDs, Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin TDs will be expected to comply with the party's position or face disciplinary procedures.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/tds-who-defy-sf-on-abortion-will-be-disciplined-36592544.html

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Ireland: Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

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Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
February 12 2018, The Times

Irish politicians would be unlikely to pass a more liberal abortion law than access up to 12 weeks of a pregnancy, Leo Varadkar said yesterday.

The taoiseach does not think politicians would be “cavalier” about passing an even more liberal law without first going through a cumbersome process and consulting with the people.

Continued; https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d-il-will-not-be-cavalier-on-abortion-law-7kshq2rpx

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Ireland: No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald

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No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald
New leader’s own views on abortion are in conflict with current party policy on the issue

Feb 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

“It’s a matter of private conscience but it’s also a matter of public policy,” Ms McDonald told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-conscience-vote-for-sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-on-abortion-says-mcdonald-1.3388356

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Ireland: Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation

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Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation
Even if abortion referendum passes, Dáil will be another battleground

Feb 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

A third in favour, a third against and a third that has yet to declare its hand. That is, roughly, how the Dáil looks when it comes to the proposal to legalise abortion on request up to 12 weeks.

The survey of TDs’ attitudes cannot be taken as the definitive word on their voting intentions. The legislation has yet to be published. It may never come before the Dáil, if the referendum is defeated. If it passes, the political context within which these decisions are made will be changed. And people will change their minds; many of them will change them more than once.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/varadkar-will-have-a-fight-on-his-hands-to-pass-12-weeks-legislation-1.3378194

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Ireland: Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate

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Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate
Minister for Health: 3,265 women from every county had travelled abroad for abortions last year

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

“Ultimately, there is always a deeply personal, private story behind each individual case which I believe is a matter for a woman and her doctor. I believe the Irish people trust women and they trust doctors to make these difficult decisions.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/harris-raises-kerry-babies-and-lovett-cases-in-abortion-debate-1.3358750

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Ireland: Sinn Féin vote against allowing ‘conscience vote’ on issue of abortion

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Latest: Sinn Féin vote against allowing 'conscience vote' on issue of abortion

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sinn Féin have voted not to allow a 'conscience vote' on the issue of abortion.

Following a passionate, hour-long debate the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis passed a motion backing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and supporting abortion in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to maternal health, including mental health.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/latest-sinn-fein-vote-against-allowing-conscience-vote-on-issue-of-abortion-814777.html

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