Abortion Debate: Government's decision to legislate is the right one

Termination of pregnancy is a lawful medical treatment, regardless of whether the risk to life arises on physical or mental health grounds, writes Niall Behan.

23rd December, 2012
While trying to do the best for their patients, doctors in Ireland must also navigate the grey areas of the law to protect themselves from prosecution.


Amomentous year for reproductive health and rights comes to a close with the Taoiseach's announcement that legislation and regulations will be enacted to give effect to the right to abortion where a pregnant woman's life is at risk.

The publication of the expert group report on abortion - just as the death of Savita Halappanavar drew the eyes of the world to Ireland and to the dilemmas facing real women and their doctors -...

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