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Cowardice colours abortion debate

When will politicians summon up the courage to repeal the 8th Amendment?

15th February, 2015
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Peadar O’Grady

The government’s key defence, that the bill was unconstitutional, was undermined by the fact that it refused to publish the attorney general’s advice; offered no response to the contrary advice of 43 legal experts as well as a former attorney general; and, unbelievably, offered no concrete proposal to amend the constitution by repealing the Eighth Amendment.

However, it was Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Dáil last December that confirmed...

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