Government elected to govern - so govern
The vast majority of people are uncomfortable that the debate on fatal foetal abnormalities has become inextricably entangled in the acrimonious abortion debate which has been raging on and off on this island since the 1980s.
The People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett brought a poignant touch of humanity to this very divisive issue in yesterday's debate in the Dáil on a private members' bill presented to the house by Independent TD Clare Daly. He spoke movingly about Ella, the child he and his wife "always wanted". Putting aside the dogma, there is a fundamental difference between those seeking a termination and those, like Mr Boyd-Barrett, who have their child taken from them by what he called "the cruelty of nature", or as it has now become known for want of a more human phrase, a fatal foetal abnormality.
On the one hand, it seems so cruel that women should have to go to England for an abortion in such tragic circumstances. On the other, the pro-life activists argue that there are very few circumstances in which a doctor can say with certainty that a baby will not live until birth.