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X Case

# x-case - Friday 12 July, 2013

This is the moment the Dáil passed X Case legislation

The vote result was met with a smattering of applause in the Chamber at about 12.30am this morning.

# x-case - Thursday 11 July, 2013

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# x-case - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Column: The language of the abortion debate has been cruel and unfair – on both sides

Tonight’s vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill probably won’t end the public debate about abortion – and the women we all claim to care about deserve better than the unfair language that has been used recently, writes Aisling Twomey.

# x-case - Thursday 4 July, 2013

What next for the abortion bill?

Committee Stage is over. So where to next for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013?

# x-case - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

These TDs are voting against the proposed abortion laws

Fine Gael could lose up to 10 deputies as the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 goes to a vote.

# x-case - Monday 1 July, 2013

Lucinda Creighton strongly criticises abortion legislation – but doesn’t say how she’ll vote

The Fine Gael TD called for significant amendments to be made to the legislation before the final vote on it.

Video + speech: Here’s what Lucinda Creighton had to say on abortion legislation

“I can only hope that logic and verifiable evidence will prevail and substantive amendments will be accepted to ensure that the rights of all human beings are protected with the full vigour of the law.”

# x-case - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Abortion Rights Campaign says it cannot support the abortion bill

The campaign group has said that the legislation does not satisfy a European court ruling which called on Ireland to clarify its abortion laws.

# x-case - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Reilly says he won’t be afraid to suspend abortion service as bill introduced in Dáil

In a historic moment, the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been introduced into the Dáil this morning.

TDs to hold first debates on new abortion bill today

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill gets its first outing in the Dáil this afternoon, before votes next week.

# x-case - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it’s offensive to democratic ideals

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

# x-case - Sunday 16 June, 2013

Reilly concedes that abortion laws will mean more babies ‘suffering damage’

The minister says, however, that the alternative is that the baby’s mother could die – ending both of their lives.

# x-case - Thursday 13 June, 2013

These are the three motions Peter Mathews put to the Fine Gael party last night

The pro-life TD put forward motions for the proposed legislation to be scrapped, the suicide clause removed and for members to have a free vote at a parliamentary party meeting last night.

Abortion bill ‘ties the hands of many families’ as poll shows strong support

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been among those to initially respond to the publication of the draft Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

Abortion legislation approved and published

Download the document in full here.

# x-case - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Final text of abortion bill to be published after Cabinet’s green light

Ministers agreed to the content of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill at a special meeting this morning.

Ministers to discuss abortion laws at special meeting

Legislation is expected to be published later today if an agreement is reached at Cabinet level.

# x-case - Friday 31 May, 2013

Martin: ‘Wrong to say someone who supports abortion bill is pro-abortion’

The Fianna Fáil leader said that Catholics should be free to vote with their conscience on the issue.

# x-case - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Poll: Should TDs get a free vote on the abortion legislation? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should TDs get a free vote on the abortion legislation?

Fianna Fáil is reported to be set to allow a free vote on legislation which will enshrine the X Case verdict in law, but Enda Kenny has ruled out a similar measure for Fine Gael TDs. What do you think?

# x-case - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Column: I’m a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate

Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.

6 interesting moments from the final day of the Oireachtas abortion hearings

The final day of the three-day hearing saw legal experts teasing out some of the most intricate detail in the draft legislation.

# x-case - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Column: No woman has an abortion on a whim

Stitch up the X Case’s dangling loopholes and then hold a referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland – because no woman wants an abortion just for the hell of it, writes Carol Redmond.

8 interesting moments from Day 2 of the Oireachtas abortion hearings

Day 2 of the Oireachtas hearings on abortion saw psychiatrists and medical professionals give their expert opinions on the new law.

# x-case - Monday 20 May, 2013

Psychiatrists to address Oireachtas abortion hearing today

The hearings on the wording of the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 will continue until tomorrow.

# x-case - Saturday 18 May, 2013

12 interesting moments from the Oireachtas abortion hearings

Heckling, James Reilly leaving early, and questions about term limits on abortion – the first day of the Oireachtas hearings on abortion legislation had a lot of drama. Here’s what happened.

# x-case - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Here’s what we know about the Oireachtas abortion hearings

The hearings will be broadcast live from this Friday on television and the internet.

# x-case - Friday 3 May, 2013

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Flashback: Pro-life and pro-choice campaigners clash in 1992

Photocall Ireland has dug out this photo from the archives showing how abortion has remained divisive over the decades.

# x-case - Thursday 2 May, 2013

Fianna Fáil to discuss abortion bill after lengthy Fine Gael meeting

Fine Gael’s weekly parliamentary party meeting saw over five hours of intense discussion on the draft abortion bill.

Irish abortion bill ‘worse than Britain’s 1967 Act’

Anti-abortion group SPUC says the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill could lead to widespread abortion.

Column: Legislators colluded against women but abortion law provides clarity

Irish women have been denied their constitutional right to adequate maternal healthcare but the new draft law changes that, argues Labour TD Ciara Conway.

Committee to decide if advocacy groups should attend abortion law hearings

Public hearings on the draft of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 are likely to take place later this month.

# x-case - Wednesday 1 May, 2013

Explainer: A crash course on how the abortion proposals will become law

So – we now have a draft ‘heads of bill’. Here’s what happens as the Government tries to turn it into law.

What the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 contains

Government said that the bill would provide “legal clarity for the medical profession”.

# x-case - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added flirty (but ultimately disappointed) rhino

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Taoiseach hopes draft abortion legislation can be published this evening

Enda Kenny was speaking in the Dáil this afternoon after the Cabinet had earlier suspended its meeting without agreement on a draft abortion law.

Cabinet meeting suspended without agreement over abortion laws

Ministers have dispersed after a lengthy all-morning meeting and will reconvene at 5:30pm to try and hammer out a deal.

Cabinet expected to approve draft abortion legislation today

Coalition partners Fine Gael and Labour are due to set out conditions under which abortions can be legally carried out in Ireland.

# x-case - Monday 29 April, 2013

Gerry Adams: ‘Sinn Féin is not a pro-abortion party’

The Sinn Féin president has called on the government to publish proposed legislation dealing with the X Case.

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