Saturday 16 December 2017

Backbench exile would be like slow death for Lucinda

THE truly historic decision to finally close St Patrick's institution for young offenders last week was eclipsed by the long-running political drama about the X-Case legislation.

Not for the first time, the rights of unborn children appear to outweigh the rights of those living. I don't recall any high-profile resignations or organised rallies about the human rights of children in care or detention over the years.

Two women, Lucinda and Savita, will loom large in the torturous narrative of Irish abortion law. I was listening to Praveen Halappanavar's gentle voice on the radio when the leaflet from the pro-life campaign was delivered.

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