I know this is another abortion thread, but its purpose is not to discuss the issue per se, but rather the political impact on the leading party in government, so I'd ask that it be allowed stay on its own.
According to the Irish Independent, Fine Gael is 'tearing itself apart' over proposals to legislate to allow for the risk of suicide as a grounds for an abortion. The report states:
although it's not clear what that means. Are 20 TDs opposed to legislating for X? Are 20 TDs likely to vote against the government? The report also states that Kenny's decision that TDs won't have a free vote is causing difficulties within the FG PP.Fine Gael sources say there are up to 20 TDs in the party who would have reservations about where the line is drawn on granting permission for an abortion.
Does FG wish now that it had supported the 2002 referendum? The party was led at the time by Michael Noonan, who was trying to impress the Irish Times by labelling himself a social democrat, and IIRC FG officially opposed the FF/PD proposed amendment on the basis that it excluded suicide. However, FG was split ten years ago as well, with leading figures like John Bruton supporting the government and even some members and supporters reportedly opposing it for the same reasons as Youth Defence and Dana, i.e. that it wasn't anti-abortion enough. At the time FG gave the government a bloody nose, although it had no impact at all on the next General Election. Do FGers wish that they had let the previous government deal with the problem, so that they don't have to now?
Fine Gael tearing itself apart over abortion law - National News - Independent.ie
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