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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-12-13 10:07 PM
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Politician ousted from Irish Government after voting against suicide abortion bill clause
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Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, has lost her position in Irish Government for voting against the suicide clause in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

The new legislation meets the requirements of the 1992 X Case Supreme Court judgment, which stated an abortion should be allowed if there was a threat to the mother's life, including suicide.

The Irish Independent reports that Creighton faces an uncertain future in the political wilderness as she joins four other Fine Gael members of parliament who rebelled against the government political party. The other four include Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Brian Walsh and Peter Mathews who went against the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny despite his having enforced this punishment.

Following her decision she told the RTE news, It's very disappointing and I would rather that I wasn't here. For me, this is a very important piece of legislation, one which is against a commitment that we made at the last election - a promise had been made, a very fundamental promise - on abortion.

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