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Kenny Faces Own Party Revolt as Irish Lawmakers Vote on Abortion

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is bracing for the biggest revolt within his Fine Gael party since forming a coalition government in March 2011 as lawmakers vote today on proposed abortion legislation.

The bill would create a legal framework for a 1992 Supreme Court ruling granting women the right to an abortion if the mother’s life is at risk, including suicide. Up until now, there has been no legislative basis for abortion in Ireland. Kenny is seeking legislation after a 17-week pregnant Indian woman died in an Irish hospital last year after being refused a termination.