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Dearbhail McDonald: 20 years after X we can no longer evade need for an abortion law

Published 08/01/2013 | 17:00

IN his latest Twitter offering, Pope Benedict implores his followers to defend conscientious objectors. The timing of the tweet, which calls for the promotion of "freedom and respect for all" is divine, coming as it has on the eve of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children hearings on abortion.

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For the next three days, more than 40 souls will brave the threat of public vitriol that has been heaped on many people (myself included) who have participated in the abortion debate, by testifying before the committee.

The idea behind the public hearings, which will draw witnesses from the medical, legal and religious spheres as well as advocacy groups, is to assist the Government ahead of the drafting of new laws to give effect to the infamous X case ruling.

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