Shane Coleman: Savita's tragic death will change our political landscape forever
Published 15/11/2012 | 07:00
HARD cases, any lawyer will tell you, make bad law. Yet the only time we seem willing to deal with the abortion issue in Ireland is when such a hard case arises.
We've had the 'X' and 'C' cases and the huge political fallout those heart-breaking stories generated. It seems likely that the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar will also have a similar effect on the abortion debate.
Why does it take such high-profile, but largely exceptional, examples to propel abortion back to the forefront of public debate? Every day, 11 Irish women travel to the UK for an abortion but we as a country are hugely reluctant to deal with this fact, preferring a uniquely Irish solution to an Irish problem.