Wednesday 18 October 2017

Mick Wallace's fatal foetal abnormalities bill defeated in Dáil

Photo: Maxwells
Photo: Maxwells
John Downing

John Downing

The Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill has been defeated in the Dáil by 95 votes to 45.

The controversial bill was brought to the house by Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace this morning despite being deemed unconstitutional by the Attorney General.

Three Independent government ministers voted against the draft law which would allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

The three Independent Alliance Ministers Shane Ross, John Halligan and Finian McGrath voted against the Government.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, also an Independent TD, voted with Fine Gael on the issue.

Fianna Fáil allowed an open vote on the Bill as it was a “matter of conscience” and five of their – Lisa Chambers, Niall Collins, Timmy Dooley, Fiona O’Loughlin and Robert Troy – voted in favour.

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