Sunday 18 February 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Pro-choicers' argument leaves too much unsaid

You may or may not agree with pro-lifers, but at least their position on abortion is honest, says Eilis O'Hanlon

First there was recession. Then emigration made a comeback. Further proof that we're firmly stuck back in the bad old days comes now with the return of the abortion debate.

That was a quarrel that most of us surely wished we'd outgrown as a nation. Instead, it's reared its ugly head again in the form of Socialist TD Clare Daly's private member's bill in the Dail calling for the Government to legislate to comply with the X case.

Of course, she's right. It clearly is absurd that, 20 years on from the X case, successive governments have failed to legislate on the issue, leaving the legal position of pregnant women in the sort of limbo where unbaptised babies were once supposed to reside awaiting judgement.

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