Business Free, Legal Abortion Bill Passes Ireland’s Lower House by a Landslide, Is Expected to Become Law Published 5 days ago on December 6, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet Seven months after a landmark vote overturned a nationwide ban on abortion, Ireland continued its liberal shift Wednesday with the advancement of a bill that makes the procedure free and legal across the nation,The New York Times reports. The bill was approved in the lower house by a landslide, with a vote of 90 to 15, with lawmakers in the upper house indicating the bill would be approved by the end of the year, a timeframe in line with the government’s plan to have abortions available by January, the paper reported. Under the proposed bill, women would be allowed to seek abortions for any reason during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy following a mandatory three-day waiting period after a consultation. Abortions after that time would be allowed when there is a serious risk to the woman’s life or health and when fatal fetal abnormalities are at play, The New York Times reported. Ireland has a strong conservative history rooted in the Roman Catholic Church. However, as Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said earlier this year, “a quiet revolution has taken place.” In 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by public vote and in May, 66% of Irish voters favored the elimination of a constitutional ban on abortion that has been in place since 1983. In response to the vote, Ireland’s Catholic Bishops released a statement on Thursday admonishing the advancement of the bill, which it calls on to be resisted. “Women’s lives, and the lives of their unborn children, are precious, valued and always deserving of protection,” the statement reads. “Any law which suggests otherwise would have no moral force. In good conscience it cannot be supported and would have to be resisted.” According to reporting by The Times, Labour Party lawmaker Ivana Bacik says she thinks the bill would likely pass Ireland’s upper house before the government’s holiday recess, becoming law by the end of the year. This story was originally published by Fortune Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:abortionBriefingInternationalIreland Up Next Fiat Chrysler Plans to Open Detroit’s First New Auto Assembly Line in 27 Years, Report Says Don't Miss Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap Continue Reading You may like Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Granted Bail in Canada in Extradition Case That Has Roiled U.S.-China Relations Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Accident Could Have Been Prevented, Says Former Manager Carol Burnett to Receive New Golden Globes TV Special Achievement Award Named After Her Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics19 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?