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Irish lawmakers reject proposal to allow abortion in cases of fetal abnomality

July 08, 2016

Ireland's parliament, the Dail, has rejected a bid to allow legal abortion in cases of "fatal fetal abnomality."

By a vote of 85- 45 of July 7, Irish lawmakers left intact the constitution's protection for the right to life of unborn children. Health minister Simon Harris, arguing against the proposed legislation, reasoned: "If a fetus has the capacity to be born, it has the protection of the constitution."

Ireland's attorney general had found the proposed legislation unconstitutional. However, the government-- which has indicated a willingness to liberalize the country's laws on the subject of abortion-- did not publicize that finding. 

 
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