Abortion Debate: Fine Gael is facing pro-life outrage

The pro-life movement is a coalition of groups capable of putting enormous pressure on legislators. It remains to be seen how strong it is in 2013, writes Pat Leahy.

23rd December, 2012
A group of protesters from Youth Defence gather at the gate of Leinster House last week. Photo: Photocall

This is it. Ever since the X case in 1992, the pro-life movement has been preparing for a full-scale battle on the issue of abortion. Now it's here.

The government's decision last week to legislate for the X case along the lines recommended by the expert group was not unexpected. The Savita Halappanavar case might have launched the abortion issue on an unsuspecting public last month, but the expert group's report had been due for months....

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