Sunday 25 June 2017

Shane Coleman: Savita's tragic death will change our political landscape forever

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.

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