Sunday 17 December 2017

John Downing: Tackling this will be tricky but after 30 years there can be no turning back

WE NOW have the clearest insight into precisely how tricky the issue of suicide will be in the forthcoming deliberations by politicians preparing to legislate for abortion in Ireland.

But we also have an equally clear signal that there can be no turning back for this Government which must legislate to end 30 years of legal uncertainty for those caring for expectant mothers whose lives are deemed at risk.

That in a nutshell was the outcome of day one of three days of hearings being held by the TDs and senators of the Health Committee at Leinster House yesterday. During the morning session three of the country's leading obstetricians made it very clear that they needed an end to the legal threat of prosecution if they intervened to terminate a pregnancy in order to save a mother's life.

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