s we go to press the number of Fine Gael TDs ready to oppose the Life During Pregnancy Bill is growing and could be as high as 15 when the the first vote is taken today (Tuesday).
Over the weekend local Fine Gael deputy Peter Fitzpatrick was still not declaring himself and decided spend his time listening to the views of his constituents.
His colleague Fergus O’Dowd is likely to support the government. Deputy Gerry Adams said he will support the bill while Fianna Fail deputy Seamus Kirk will vote against it.
Labour’s Ged Nash is strongly supportive of the bill and believes the legislation is long overdue.
Deputy Adams said that while he does not personally favour abortion he is not in the Dáil to ‘legislate for me’.
‘I have a duty and responsibility to legislation for citizens, in this case pregnant women whose lives are at risk. So I and Sinn Féin will support the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill,” he said.
Deputy Seamus Kirk said that as a pro-life deputy he will vote against the legislation. “I have been consistent on this matter during all my time in this House,” he said.