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Here's how the Seanad voted on the abortion legislation

The bill has passed second stage in the upper house and now moves on to committee stage.

THE SEANAD HAS just held its first vote on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill with the legislation passing its first hurdle by 41 votes to 15.

As expected there was opposition from a number of Fine Gael senators Fidelma Healy-Eames and Paul Bradford who now automatically lose the party whip.

There was also opposition from Fianna Fáil with the majority of its senators voting against the legislation but the party’s free vote means they will not lose the whip.

A number of independent senators also opposed the legislation.

Here are the 15 senators who opposed the abortion legislation

Fianna Fáil senator: ‘I oppose this legislation because it is anti-women’

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