Irish government loses lawmaker over abortion vote

February 10, 2015 6:54 PM

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish government suffered an embarrassing setback on Tuesday when one of its lawmakers quit after voting in favor of an opposition bill to allow the abortion of unviable pregnancies.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny's government retains a comfortable parliamentary majority but Labor deputy Anne Ferris' defection is a blow for the coalition a year before an election in which Ireland's abortion laws, among the most restrictive in Europe, are likely to be a major issue.

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