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There's been no shortage of debate on abortion - but what we need is action

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

Pro-Choice supporters at a protest over abortion rights last year on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin
Pro-Choice supporters at a protest over abortion rights last year on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin

Yesterday's ruling by the Northern Ireland High Court that its restrictive abortion law is a breach of women's human rights is another damning indictment of all-island political cowardice on the issue.

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Mr Justice Mark Horner said the failure to provide abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, or where the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest, was a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In the Republic, where abortion laws are even more restrictive than in the North, politicians should hang their heads in shame at the ruling. Instead, most are cock-a-hoop that the matter has been kicked to touch, with the status quo prevailing, for at least a couple of years.

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