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BID TO FORCE ABORTION POLL.

Byline: SARAH BARDON

A CROSS-party group of TDs and senators is plotting to force a poll on abortion.

They aim to invoke a rarely-used part of the Constitution to block the proposed legislation now before the Dail.

Under Article 27 the President can refuse to sign a Bill into law if it is petitioned by at least 55 TDs and 30 senators. If the petitioners were successful, a referendum would have to happen.

Among those leading the charge are Labour TD Colm Keaveney.

He said: "This is a politically neutral initiative involving pro-life, pro-choice and non-committed figures. It is about those who are concerned about the escalating democratic deficit in the country."

But Government ministers yesterday rejected calls for a referendum on the new legislation.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2013
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