Only 9 TDs Oppose Taxpayer Funded Abortion
An amendment that would have ensured that taxpayers’ money will not be used to pay for abortions has been rejected, with only nine TDs voting for it.
The amendment, proposed by independent Offaly TD Carol Nolan stated that, “No public moneys shall be provided by the Oireachtas to pay for the carrying out of a termination of pregnancy other than a termination of pregnancy in accordance with section 10 or 11 in a case where there is a risk to the life of the pregnant woman.”
Apart from Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fáil, Carlow-Kilkenny) no party members voted for the amendment. The independent TDs who voted for it were Michael Collins (Cork South-West), Peter Fitzpatrick (Louth), Noel Grealish (Galway West), Danny Healy-Rae (Kerry), Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry), Mattie McGrath (Tipperary), Carol Nolan (Offaly), and Peadar Tóibín (Meath West). 90 TDs voted against the amendment.
Health Minister Simon Harris remains confident that the legislation can be passed before Christmas so that abortions can begin at the start of January.
Irish Examiner. November 29. Oireachtas Éireann. November 28.