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It's time to consider regulating abortion by legislation

Fiona de Londras

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

A pro-abortion supporter holds up a placard in front of the gates of the Irish Parliament building in Dublin during a demonstration ahead of a vote to introduce abortion in limited cases where the mother's life is at risk. Photo credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-abortion supporter holds up a placard in front of the gates of the Irish Parliament building in Dublin during a demonstration ahead of a vote to introduce abortion in limited cases where the mother's life is at risk. Photo credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

The constitutional position on abortion in Ireland is unsustainable.

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Over recent days, harrowing details have emerged of a young woman who was raped, and then, suicidal, with limited English language skills and no capacity to travel because of her immigration status, was refused an abortion because, although there was a real and substantial risk to her life, the foetus was deemed viable.

Rather than terminate the pregnancy through abortion, this woman was subjected to a C-section at approximately 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

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