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No 'free vote' on legalizing abortion, Irish prime minister announces

Catholic World News - June 10, 2013

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has announced that he will impose party discipline on lawmakers in an upcoming vote on a measure to allow for legal abortion, dismissing a plea for a free “conscience vote.”

“I have made it clear that the government parties will not be having a free vote,” Kenny said. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin had argued for the free vote, saying that members of parliament should not be “forced to vote against their conscience.” Kenny countered that: “Governments are elected to govern,” and insisted that the proposed law was necessary.

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Jun. 11, 2013 12:45 AM ET USA

    The Preamble to Ireland's Constitution declares that those who govern should strive to promote the "common good, with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured..." The right to life is the basis of human dignity which is why it prohibits abortion while at the same time, respecting the life of the mother, encourages every effort to be made to secure her safety during pregnancy. The Taoiseach should read the Constitution.

  • Posted by: bruno - Jun. 10, 2013 8:45 PM ET USA

    The rich and the powerful must have abortion. They MUST have it. But why? What purpose does it serve THEM? We need to pray really hard!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 10, 2013 6:31 PM ET USA

    At what point is it acceptable for us to say that a politician is in league with Satan?

  • Posted by: Leferink557202 - Jun. 10, 2013 4:05 PM ET USA

    Saints Patrick, Brigit, Columba, and all saints of Ireland, pray to God for your country!

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jun. 10, 2013 3:13 PM ET USA

    "The government parties will not be having a free vote." Vote: "a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action." If they will not have a "free vote," then they will not be having a vote at all. Might as well say, "I have a gun. Give me your ballot."

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