Ireland delays abortion vote after all-night debate

Ireland delays abortion vote after all-night debate
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Ireland’s parliament has adjourned its debate on a bill that would legalise abortion for the first time. Politicians debated until almost 5am on July 11.

Outside the parliament building in Dublin, protesters for and against changes to the abortion law camped out overnight.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s government is proposing limited access to abortion when a woman’s life is in danger.

The reopening of the debate over abortion in Ireland follows the death last year of Savita Halappanavar from blood poisoning after she was denied an abortion of her dying foetus.

A 1992 Supreme Court ruling means women in Ireland are legally entitled to an abortion if needed to save a mother’s life, but up till now legislation has never been passed to reflect this.

Politicians will continue the debate later on July 11. The bill is expected to be voted through comfortably despite up to 10 coalition members refusing to support it.

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