31 TDs vote against X case law

The final Dáil vote saw 31 TDs oppose the X case legislation as numbers were swelled by left-wing deputies protesting that the new law was not liberal enough.

31 TDs vote against X case law

Ex-Europe minister Lucinda Creighton (Dublin South East) was the only Government TD to break ranks on the final reading, and joined four ex-party colleagues already expelled from Fine Gael for refusing the whip: Terence Flanagan (Dublin North East), Peter Mathews (Dublin South), Billy Timmins (Wicklow) and Brian Walsh (Galway West).

Peadar Tóibín (Meath West) was the only Sinn Féin member to defy the whip and vote against and he has now been suspended for six months as punishment.

Some six left-wing TDs switched sides to vote no in protest at what they view as the restrictive nature of the legislation.

They were: Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire), Joan Collins (Dublin South Central), Clare Daly (Dublin North), Luke “Ming” Flanagan (Roscommon- South Leitrim), Joe Higgins (Dublin West), and Mick Wallace (Wexford).

Independents Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry South), Colm Keaveney (Galway East), Michael Lowry (Tipperary North), Mattie McGrath (Tipperary South), and Denis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim) also voted no.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was forced to allow his TDs a free vote on the issue after pressure from colleagues opposed to the legislation.

Fourteen of the party’s 19 TDs voted no: John Browne (Wexford), Dara Calleary (Mayo), Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West), Seán Fleming (Laois Offaly), Seamus Kirk (Louth), Michael Kitt (Galway East), Charlie McConalogue (Donegal North East), Michael McGrath (Cork South Central), John McGuinness (Carlow Kilkenny), Michael Moynihan (Cork North West), Willie O’Dea (Limerick), Sean Ó Fearghail (Kildare South), Brendan Smith (Cavan Monaghan) and Robert Troy (Longford Westmeath).

Mr Moynihan previously voted in favour of the bill, but said he had decided to vote no after amendments he favoured were not included in the final draft.

Independents already expelled from Labour, Roisín Shortall (Dublin North West), and Tommy Broughan (Dublin North East) abstained, along with Independent Tom Fleming (Kerry South).

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (Dún Laoghaire) was in the US, and Fine Gael’s Nicky McFadden (Longford-Westmeath) and Independents Noel Grealish (Galway West) and Maureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central) were also absent from the chamber.

Laws abroad

A parent must be notified 48 hours before a girl under the age of 18 gets an abortion in Illinois, that state’s supreme court ruled on Thursday, ending nearly two decades of legal wrangling over the issue.

The decision is the latest in a series of state measures adopted recently to restrict abortion. Texas and North Carolina are considering more restrictions on abortion and Republicans across the US have championed similar measures.

The earliest the court’s ruling can be enforced is 21 days, according to Paul Linton, an attorney representing the Thomas More Society, an anti-abortion law firm that has been involved in the case.

The plaintiff in the case, the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois, can appeal the ruling to the US supreme court.

Minors from other states travelled to Illinois to get abortions because it was the only mid-western state where a parental notification law was not enforced, the Thomas More Society said in a statement.

There are now 22 states that require parents be notified when a minor seeks an abortion.

— Brendan O’Brien

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