Monday 11 December 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Challenges are certain for welcome but weak law

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

IT has been an arduous journey for the Irish electorate. But 21 years after the perennially divisive X Case, we finally have a stand-alone law that clarifies when women are entitled to lawfully terminate their pregnancy.

And 30 years after the pro-life referendum, which afforded equal rights to life of a pregnant woman and her unborn, we finally have a law that defines the unborn.

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act gives legal effect to the 1992 X Case, by allowing women access to legal terminations where there is a real and substantial risk to her life, including the risk of suicide.

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