Wednesday July 8, 2020

Abortion Debate: Six doctors of separation

The X case legislation has set Fine Gael and Labour at each other's throats, with the 'six doctors' aspect of it sparking the most controversy, writes Niamh Connolly.

27th April, 2013
James Reilly: the Minister for Health is understood to be furious, believing that Labour is concertedly briefing against him. Photo: Photocall

Nobody in government expected that legislating for the X case would be easy. But the events of the past seven days have crystallised just how difficult reaching a consensus on this thorniest of political issues is going to be.

The volatility of emotions on both extremes of the abortion debate was the key reason why the coalition had agreed to thrash out the most contentious issues surrounding legislating for the X case behind closed doors,...

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