Don't normalise abortion

There is a danger that current prospective legislation surrounding abortion may lead to a permissive regime similar to that of other countries, writes Fidelma Healy-Eames

20th April, 2013
'Once the destruction of innocent human life is permitted, it is virtually impossible to implement a limiting principle.'

At present, the government is considering putting legislation before the Oireachtas which would permit abortion where women claim they are suicidal in pregnancy.

A number of ministers have given public assurances that such legislation would be very restrictive. There is a suggestion in the last few days that a 'sunset' or review clause may be inserted into the legislation. This new development clearly indicates the concerns that a number of my Fine Gael Oireachtas colleagues...

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