Dearbhail McDonald: Challenges are certain for welcome but weak law
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.