Friday 19 January 2018

Johnny Fallon: Politicians have always hoped to have this divisive debate at a 'better time'

THE abortion debate has suddenly been forced back on to centre stage in Ireland. For the last 20 years this moment has been coming.

The recent tragic events in Galway will now be a catalyst, but it may not lead to the kind of debate that politicians had hoped for. There is never a good time to have to face a deeply divisive moral issue like this, but politicians must take the blame for always hoping there would be a better time

In 1992 the ‘X’ case shocked the country. Let me lay my cards on the table, I was very closely aligned to Albert Reynolds at this time. When the crisis struck it was thought to be the worst possible start to his tenure. Later that year the government attempted to deal with the fall out of the case. In short, the 1992 judgement allows for abortion where there is a risk to the life of the mother . The threat of suicide is accepted as being such a risk.

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