TDs Voted To Decriminalise Abortion and Abolish The 3 Day Waiting Period


Following the horrific findings of the Abortion review, Dáil Éireann has voted with a majority of 3 votes to decriminalise abortion and abolish the 3-day waiting period for an abortion within 12 weeks. The Government lost on a proposal to freeze People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith's bill, for 1 year. The bill will now move to the second stage.
Peadar Tóibín TD, Leader of Aontú said, "The Abortion Review did not speak to one woman of the thousands who availed of the 3-day wait period and had their child. The Govt whipped TDs to force the end of the eviction ban but failed to really oppose the People Before Profit bill to decriminalise abortion up until birth."

“Abortion is an irreversible decision. The baby cannot be brought back to life after an abortion. The enormity of this decision should allow for some time to think things through. It is the Human condition that we all make mistakes, none of us can say that we haven’t made mistakes, especially at a time of stress or crisis”.

“Another shocking admission by the authors of the report was that they did not speak to some mothers who had suffered adverse incidents due to the way the legislation is being implemented. I raised the case of Baby Christopher, a fully healthy baby boy who was aborted at 15 weeks gestation due in large part to the absence of properly qualified staff. I have spoken to the mother of Baby Christopher and others who are very disappointed that the author of the report never reached out to speak with her in person or over the phone. This absence of research is incredible. This review prioritises access over women’s safety. It proposes a reduction in staff qualification and numbers of staff in dealing with these very complex cases. It does this to increase access to abortion. It will, if implemented, lead to a repetition of the harrowing wrong that was done to the parents of Baby Christopher”.

According to HSE figures, as many as 3,951 women who turned up for the first appointment but then decided not to proceed with the abortion. It seems clear pro abortion TDs want to see more abortion and refuse to prevent abortion regret among mothers.
This drastic bill appears to deem that it is not criminal to kill the baby seconds before birth, yet it is murder seconds after birth.
Votes in favour - 67
Fine Gael (1)
Neale Richmond
Greens (10)
Patrick Costello, Francis Noel Duffy, Brian Leddin, Catherine Martin, Steven Matthews, Malcolm Noonan, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, Joe O'Brien, Roderic O'Gorman, Ossian Smyth.
Sinn Féin (32) Chris Andrews, Martin Browne, Pat Buckley, Matt Carthy, Sorca Clarke, Rose Conway-Walsh, Réada Cronin, Seán Crowe, David Cullinane, Pa Daly, Pearse Doherty, Paul Donnelly, Dessie Ellis, Mairéad Farrell, Kathleen Funchion, Thomas Gould, Johnny Guirke, Martin Kenny, Claire Kerrane, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Ruairí Ó Murchú, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Louise O'Reilly, Darren O'Rourke, Maurice Quinlivan, Patricia Ryan, Brian Stanley, Pauline Tully, Mark Ward.
Labour (6)
Ivana Bacik, Brendan Howlin, Alan Kelly, Ged Nash, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Duncan Smith.
Social Democrats (6)
Holly Cairns, Gary Gannon, Catherine Murphy, Cian O'Callaghan, Róisín Shortall, Jennifer Whitmore.
PBP-Solidarity (5)
Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Paul Murphy, Bríd Smith.
Ind (7) Cathal Berry, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Neasa Hourigan, Verona Murphy, Thomas Pringle, Matt Shanahan.
Votes against - 64
Fianna Fáil (25)
James Browne, Mary Butler, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Cathal Crowe, Cormac Devlin, Joe Flaherty, Norma Foley, Seán Haughey, James Lawless, Micheál Martin, Charlie McConalogue, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, Éamon Ó Cuív, James O'Connor, Willie O'Dea, Pádraig O'Sullivan, Anne Rabbitte, Brendan Smith, Niamh Smyth, Robert Troy.
Fine Gael (24)
Colm Brophy, Peter Burke, Richard Bruton, Colm Burke, Ciarán Cannon, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Simon Coveney, Michael Creed, Alan Dillon, Paschal Donohoe, Bernard J Durkan, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Frankie Feighan, Charles Flanagan, Brendan Griffin, Simon Harris, Martin Heydon, Paul Kehoe, Josepha Madigan, Kieran O'Donnell, Fergus O'Dowd, John Paul Phelan, Michael Ring, David Stanton.
Aontú (1)
Peadar Tóibín
Ind (14) Seán Canney, Michael Collins, Michael Fitzmaurice, Peter Fitzpatrick, Noel Grealish, Michael Healy-Rae, Danny Healy-Rae, Mattie McGrath, Michael McNamara, Denis Naughten, Hildegarde Naughton, Carol Nolan, Patrick O'Donovan.
Abstentions - 7
Fianna Fáil (5)
Stephen Donnelly, John Lahart, Darragh O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Christopher O'Sullivan,
Fine Gael (1)
Emer Higgins
Green (1)
Eamon Ryan
Absent - 22
Fianna Fáil (6)
Thomas Byrne, Jack Chambers, Niall Collins, Barry Cowen, Sean Fleming, Paul McAuliffe.
Fine Gael (4)
Joe Carey, Heather Humphreys, Helen McEntee, Leo Varadkar.
SF (4)
John Brady, Mary Lou McDonald, Johnny Mythen, Eoin Ó Broin.
Labour (1)
Seán Sherlock
Ind (6) Marian Harkin, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Joe McHugh, Richard O'Donoghue, Violet-Anne Wynne,
Ceann Comhairle (1) Séan Ó Fearghail


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