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John-Paul McCarthy: Staggering delay on abortion bill really a calculated act of defiance

We have a tradition of using confusion and obstruction to delay having to act

John-Paul McCarthy

Published 05/05/2013 | 05:00

SOME 21 years after the Supreme Court read a suicide exception into the eighth amendment, the executive has finally given that exception statutory shape.

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The details of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill are for another day. Today it is enough to linger over that staggering delay.

Even to describe the time lag in terms of delay is to risk euphemism. The failure of the political classes to give statutory form to the Supreme Court's analysis in 1992 was really a calculated act of defiance.

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