Dáil approves Harris’ abortion Bill

Legislation to provide for an extensive abortion regime for the first time in Ireland was passed by the Dáil following an extended debate.

The so-called Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill was approved by 90 votes to 15 with 12 abstentions. The Bill will now go before the Seanad as the Government rushes to have it enacted in time for its planned introduction date in January.

A total of 65 amendments were tabled but only changes brought by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, were passed. Fianna Fail refused to back any pro-life amendments.