Public funding of abortion services was raised during a Dáil debate on the report stage of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

The debate was the last opportunity for TDs to make amendments to the legislation.

Independent TD Carol Nolan sought that no public money be provided for the service.

She questioned why the public was being asked to "fund a service of forcing a fatal act on others who have done no wrong".

Ms Nolan outlined how an abortion is carried out, which was criticised by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett.

He said that the description was the "verbal equivalent of the posters displayed outside the Dáil during the referendum".

He said it was designed to induce "trauma, fear and shock" and added that Ms Nolan was asking TDs to agree to the introduction of a two-tier system of healthcare for women. 

Sinn Féin TD Louise O'Reilly also accused Ms Nolan of trying to "inject shock tactics and US nonsense".

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers described Ms Nolan's amendment as "sinister".

She said it was about controlling women by financial means and using money to restrict abortion would exploit impoverished and vulnerable women.

Ms Nolan became emotional as she said she was being obstructed from doing her work because of her conscientious objection.

She said there was a lack of respect for pro-life TDs in the Dáil chamber.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the bill aimed to make abortion care in Ireland free, safe and legal.

He also said the State needed to make this a universal service, otherwise women who cannot afford it would continue to access unsafe abortion without any supervision.

Independent TD Danny Healy Rae accused the minister of rushing the legislation through the Oireachtas.

"And you haven't talked to the doctors or midwives or given assurances about anything", he said.

Mr Healy Rae said those that have conscientious objections should be given the right to object to carry out "this atrocious act".

Earlier in the debate, Minister Harris refused amendments to change the title of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

A number of deputies sought to include the word "abortion" into the title which currently states "Termination of Pregnancy".

However, Mr Harris said the legal advice was to align the wording of bill with the wording of constitution, which does not contain the word "abortion".

He said he did not wish to risk doing anything which would result in a legal challenge.

A number of TDs sought an amendment to include the trans-community in the legislation.

Catherine Murphy of the Social Democrats said that the bill needed to be future proofed, otherwise further amendments would be made in the future if the trans-community is not included it at this stage.

Mr Harris insisted that the legislation is trans-inclusive, and that it is included in the Explanatory Memorandum of the text. He said this would be published alongside the legislation.

He told the Dáil that this would also be included in the Clinical Guidelines.

The minister said that he met Transgender Equality Network Ireland, BeLonG To and LGBT Ireland yesterday and outlined how the legislation is trans-inclusive, but also how he wanted to make sure this was beyond doubt.

Additional reporting Edel McAllister