Minister for Health loses vote to delay Bill on expanding abortion access by 12 months

Stephen Donnelly’s motion was defeated in the Dáil by 74 votes to 61

  • June 1, 2023
Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health, abstained from a second People Before Profit Bill, which would abolish the three-day waiting period for abortion on request. Picture: Sam Boal/

A People Before Profit Bill to expand access to abortion services has passed to the next stage in the Dáil after the Minister for Health lost a vote to delay its reading.

Stephen Donnelly had said the Oireachtas health committee is the appropriate place to examine recommendations on services for the termination of pregnancy and therefore tabled an amendment to delay the Bill for a further reading in 12 months.

However, Donnelly’s motion was defeated ...