Follow Malta's lead on abortion
Published 23/12/2010 | 05:00
It is interesting that Judge Giovanni Bonello, a Maltese judge who sat on the case concerning Ireland's abortion laws in the European Court of Human Rights, publicly declared that the court's ruling would have no impact on Malta's abortion laws.
This is because, unlike the Irish Constitution, the Maltese constitution prohibits abortion under all circumstances, including where there may be a threat to the life of the mother.
The most effective way for Ireland to hence jettison the sting of the European court's ruling is for it to follow Malta's example by passing a constitutional amendment to grant protection for all unborn children in all circumstances.