Irish Members of Parliament Won’t Be Allowed to Vote Their Conscience on Legalizing Abortion

The other parties are allowing a free vote, as is the norm in the UK.

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

“It’s a matter of private conscience but it’s also a matter of public policy,” Ms McDonald, who replaced Gerry Adams as President of Sinn Féin on Saturday, told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics on Sunday. Asked if TDs could vote in...

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