Mature debate needed on Eighth Amendment

A deletion of the Eighth Amendment does not answer the question of what might replace it

12th June, 2016

Ireland has drawn repeated international criticism over our laws on abortion. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee have called for change.

They have often singled out the ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest or severe foetal anomaly as particularly disturbing. In the latest case, the UN Human Rights Committee delivered a damning ruling on...

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