Irish lawmakers voted early Friday to back controversial new legislation that will allow abortion in limited cases, after the death last year of an Indian woman due to complications from her pregnancy.
Abortion rights supporters hold placards in front of the gates of the Irish Parliament building in Dublin on July 10, 2013. Irish lawmakers on Friday voted in favour of controversial new legislation which will allow for abortion in limited cases where the mother's life is at risk, broadcaster RTE announced.
One junior minister quit her post after voting against the bill, the focus of bitter debate in mainly Catholic Ireland. She faces exclusion from the ruling Fine Gael party.
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