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# Abortion bill

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28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Abortion
Taoiseach suggests Dáil vote for PBP abortion bill could speed up legal changes
The bill, which seeks wider access to abortion services, passed second stage in the Dáil last night.
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# Abortion bill
'I find it extraordinarily distasteful': Proposed amendment requiring post-abortion burials voted down
The committee has been considering changes to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 this week.
# Budget 2014
Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act comes into force today
It is just one of the measures kicking in today – others include changes to VAT, DIRT and tax credits for single parents.
# Old friends
Minister Paschal Donohoe hopes for route back to FG for TDs who left party
Donohoe replaced Lucinda Creighton as Minister of State for EU Affairs.
# No regrets
'An end to a fairly long saga': Mathews' departure not mourned in Fine Gael
Peter Mathews’ decision to resign from Fine Gael had been brewing for a long time.
# Peadar Tóibín
Sinn Féin's 'prodigal son' won't return to the party until next year
Peadar Tóibín has been suspended from the party since he voted against the abortion bill in the summer.
# Abortion
Chief Whip has no regrets over 5am Dáil sitting, says FG could have lost 10 TDs
Paul Kehoe has dismissed suggestions that Fine Gael faced losing up to 25 TDs over the abortion bill and has criticised the repetition by TDs during the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.
# Abortion
TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest'
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church was responding to a report at the weekend that TDs were being warned off seeking Communion by their priests.
# News Fix
Here Is What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everybody’s talking about the sad death of Colm Murray, the tragic case of the Chada brothers, and Michael D signing the abortion bill into law.
# abortion act
Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described it as a “key milestone”, while the Pro Life Campaign said it was a “very sad day”.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
Everybody’s talking about what the President’s decision will be on the abortion bill, two missing boys found dead and Pope Francis accepts gay people.
# Abortion bill
In pics: President Michael D Higgins concludes meeting with the Council of State
The President has not yet made an announcement on whether he’ll sign the the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law or refer it to the Supreme Court.
# Council of State
Tánaiste will swear oath ‘in the presence of Almighty God’ despite being agnostic
Eamon Gilmore will take the oath required of all members of the Council of State today despite being agnostic and lobbying from Atheist Ireland.
# Abortion
Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?
The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. explains what it’s all about…
# Dáil Bar
Sinn Féin says Dáil bar opening hours referred to Oireachtas committee
The recent late-night sitting of the Dáil to discuss the abortion bill and the infamous lapgate incident has reignited debate about the appropriateness of bar opening hours in Leinster House.
# Article 26
President Higgins to convene Council of State over abortion bill
Áras an Uachtaráin has said that a meeting will be held next Monday where members of the Council and the President will consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# Abortion
Over to you Mr President: Seanad passes abortion bill
The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has passed all stages of the Oireachtas and now goes to President Michael D Higgins.
# Abortion
Senators vote against fatal foetal abnormalities amendment
The amendment was defeated by 42 votes to 10. Here’s how the senators voted.
# Abortion
Which Senators are going to vote against the abortion bill?
Senators are due to make their first vote on the bill today. But which senators will be voting against it?
# Abortion bill
'A historic moment in Ireland, but not one to be celebrated' - reaction to the passing of the abortion bill
While the passing of abortion legislation has been widely welcomed, the Pro-Choice lobby has raised concerns about the scope and implementation of the bill.
# Abortion
Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has passed the final stage of the Dáil this evening, after two day of heated debates.
# Abortion
Dáil votes against first abortion bill suicide amendment
The debate on the bill will continue for another two hours in the Dáil.
# Abortion
Abortion bill debate could go on until 5am
The vote passed by 103 votes to 54 – but Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it reduced the situation to a ‘farce’.
# Abortion
165 amendments to abortion bill tabled
The amendments will be discussed prior to the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# Your Say
Poll: Should TDs who vote against their party face expulsion?
If the junior minister votes against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill she will lose the Fine Gael party whip.
# Abortion
Flanagan seeks removal of suicide clause from abortion bill
Meanwhile, Deputy Denis Naughten is seeking regulations for where a pregnant woman is unable to give informed consent.
# Abortion
Two TDs vote to remove suicide clause from abortion bill
However, seven deputies and one minister voted to keep the section within the bill.
# Abortion
TD suggests pro-life experts be excluded from abortion panel
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett said there is a danger people might bring to bear their personal views and bias in making a judgement.
# Abortion bill
Tóibín: Abortion bill has not received sufficient debate
The Sinn Féin TD was the only member of his party to vote against the bill tonight in the Dáil.
# Abortion
Kenny: Bill will not 'open floodgates to abortion on demand'
Kenny refuted allegations that the bill meant Fine Gael was ‘breaking a pre-election promise by legalising abortion’, saying this was not the case.
# Abortion
Pro Life Campaign poll looks at abortion 'as response to suicide'
The majority of the 984 respondents said they were ‘very unlikely’ or ‘unlikely’ to support abortion if it was clearly shown it is not a suitable treatment for a pregnant woman with suicidal feelings.
# Abortion
Gilmore: Abortion bill will 'fall short' on hard cases - but I'm voting for it
The Tánaiste said that the abortion bill will not offer compassion to victims of rape or incest.
# Abortion
Billboard company discontinues Youth Defence campaign after Rape Crisis Centre incident
Mobile advertising company AdMobile says that the parking of an anti-abortion message opposite a rape support headquarters was an ‘innocent error’.
# Abortion
"It's undemocratic" - Labour councillor quits the party over abortion
Galway councillor Shaun Cunniffe said he believes the upcoming legislation will open the doors to “social abortion”.
# Abortion bill
Walsh: We're being asked to choose between Fine Gael values and Fine Gael
The TD said today that the fact he did not support a motion by Deputy Peter Mathews had led some to believe he did not support a free vote.
# Termination
Amendment to abortion bill on fatal foetal abnormalities handed to Govt
The Termination for Medical Reasons group submitted the amendment to Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett earlier this week.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added Ricky the toy poodle
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today…
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote
Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Abortion Bill, EU presidency, extra funding
Two Government departments, and two state bodies, are seeking extra funding in today’s business at Leinster House.