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Irish lawmakers expelled from party for opposing abortion

July 05, 2013

Four Irish lawmakers who refused to support legislation allowing for legal abortion have been expelled from the Fine Gael political party.

Fine Gael is the largest party in the governing coalition led by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who has refused to allow a "conscience vote" on the abortion bill, insisting on the strict enforcement of party discipline. The legislation easily passed its first parliamentary test, winning approval by a vote of 138 to 24.


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  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Jul. 07, 2013 3:47 PM ET USA

    Irish legislative politics, whip here or whip there, these four were the ones that did the right thing.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jul. 06, 2013 10:19 AM ET USA

    Ireland needs a Fortnight for Freedom just for the Irish. Kenny is turning into a nasty little demagogue, just like Hitler, tolerating not the slightest protest against his dictatorial rule.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 05, 2013 5:25 PM ET USA

    The blessings of God have enriched Ireland for many generations. Now that her politicians are turning their backs on justice, what will happen to the land of my ancestors?