Saturday 25 November 2017

Once more the Dáil spends a day talking about the business of a woman's womb

Anne Ferris
Anne Ferris
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The usual dead-rubber feeling which permeates the Dáil chamber on its vote-free fruitless Friday sittings was replaced yesterday by one of overwhelming deja-vu.

Another abortion debate was in half-swing. This time, it was anti-austerity deputies Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger who were taking aim at the Eighth Amendment, calling for the repeal of the law which has caused ferocious division and controversy ever since it was inserted into the Constitution in 1983.

And so not for the first time - and definitely not for the last - the business of a woman's womb was paraded through our parliament.

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