Ireland has approved a bill allowing ‘life-saving’ abortion. MPs voted 127 for and 31 against following an all-night marathon debate in which the Europe minister was ousted over the divisive issue.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s move to back the bill which allows access to abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, including the risk of suicide has provoked a strong backlash in the predominantly Catholic country.
The premier has lost five of his 76 deputies to the abortion debate, compared to one over controversial economic austerity measures. Anti-abortion campaigners sent him letters written in blood.
The vote follows the high-profile death of a woman from blood poisoning after she was denied an abortion whilst miscarrying in October last year.
The upper house which is dominated by Kenny’s Fine Gael party is expected to rubber stamp the bill making it law.