A proposal to undermine the protection of unborn children in Northern Ireland has been rejected by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Stormont assembly members voted 59 to 40 against amending legislation to allow terminations in cases of foetal abnormality and sexual crime.
The 40 Members supporting the legalization of baby-killing included those representing Sinn Fein, a party reputed for its close link to the terrorist Irish Republican Army.
Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, where abortions are banned except where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.
It is hoped that this vote might have an influence on the current debate in the Irish Republic, where Prime Minister Enda Kenny is pushing for a removal of the constitutional guarantees of the rights of the unborn.