Sunday 18 February 2018

Labour lost face on a key social policy issue when it went against Daly's Bill

Clare Daly's abortion bill was not passed by the Dáil
Clare Daly's abortion bill was not passed by the Dáil

Liz O’Donnell

For the first time since I left politics, I found myself contemplating how I would vote if I was still there.

Clare Daly's Bill dealt with a finite medical and legal issue. But it is inevitably entangled in the wider maze of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, which time and tragedy has shown should be deleted for being overly restrictive.

Ms Daly and her supporters argued that to allow the termination of fatal foetal abnormal pregnancies, where the foetus is not likely to be born alive, can be dealt with by domestic legislation, avoiding the furore of a constitutional referendum.

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