Monday 17 December 2018

FF TDs 'to block' new abortion legislation

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Pro-life Fianna Fail TDs are threatening to block any proposed new laws allowing unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy even if voters back such a proposal in the forthcoming referendum.

The anti-abortion TDs have also warned that the will of the people might never be enacted if voters pass a referendum backing abortion up to 12 weeks due to the composition of the Dail.

Nine Fianna Fail TDs warned they would not be able to vote for legislation underpinning the referendum which would provide for unrestricted abortion regime. They are expected to be supported by several more Fianna Fail TDs.

The warning will pose a major headache to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who have both allowed their TDs a free vote on any abortion-related legislation.

If both leaders fail to convince the majority of their TDs to voluntarily back the introduction of laws allowing unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks, the outcome of the referendum might never be enacted.

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