Tuesday 25 September 2018

Even if people vote for abortion, it could still be blocked by TDs

Pro-life and pro-choice supporters confront one another during the ‘Rally for Life’ march in Dublin last year. Photo: Fergal Philips
Pro-life and pro-choice supporters confront one another during the ‘Rally for Life’ march in Dublin last year. Photo: Fergal Philips
John Downing

John Downing

Much now turns on one key question: Do you agree there should be unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy?

The two earlier questions are: 1. Do you agree there must be a change in Ireland's abortion regime? 2. Do you think the Irish people should vote on such change?

These are relatively easy and would evoke a "Yes" from the vast majority of politicians at Leinster House. The first question has been answered by most of the nation's key medical experts. For them, the status quo is very unclear and militates against delivering the best available care to vulnerable expectant mothers.

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