The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has called on the faithful to renew their prayers in what he termed "these critical days" for the "genuine protection" of the life of the unborn.
Cardinal Sean Brady made his comments at Termonfeckin, Co Louth, yesterday as he ordained Fr Paul Murphy.
The primate asked the congregation to pray about the proposed legislation, on which the Dail is due to vote tomorrow.
"As shepherds, at all times we want to protect those entrusted to the care of the Church at this time from the threat of abortion," Dr Brady said.
Describing the beginning of every human life as "a mysterious invitation" from God to enter into existence, he warned against the killing of any other human being.