Friday 15 December 2017

John Downing: Time for Taoiseach to personally take charge of the abortion issue

John Downing

John Downing

THE last sliver of doubt has been banished. This Government must legislate for the X Case and end 20 years of ignoring the issue for long periods.

The report of Expert Group which is due to go to Cabinet tomorrow signals that the Government should legislate for a minimal scheme of pregnancy termination and allow the Health Minister to later issue detailed regulations on how it should operate.

Charting the next moves will be a very difficult task and it falls very specifically to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to guide the Oireachtas and then the nation in a reasoned and calm debate. The events of the past fortnight have shown us that all the political parties have internal difficulties about this most sensitive of topics.

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