Bill to cut penalty for abortion to €1 defeated in Dáil
All but three Fianna Fáil TDs vote with Government while Sinn Féin abstains
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone had initially blocked the Government from reaching an agreed position on the bill but overcame her misgivings following advice from the attorney general. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
A bill to reduce the penalty for an illegal abortion from 14 years in prison to €1 has been overwhelmingly defeated in the Dáil.
The private members bill, introduced this week by AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith, was defeated by 81 votes to 26 in the Dáil on Thursday, with 22 TDs abstaining.