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'Floodgates' question is key issue

Whether new legislation can be sufficiently restrictive is the key issue for the middle ground, writes Pat Leahy.

13th January, 2013
At Leinster House last week for the committee hearings, from left, Jennifer Schweppe of the University of Limerick, barrister Simon Mills, Ciara Conway TD, Senator Ivana Bacik and Ciara Staunton of NUI Galway.

Last week, for three days, the Seanad chamber was the crucible for the latest bout in this country's painful wrestling match with the abortion issue.

The Oireachtas health committee sat in the chamber and heard evidence from 46 witnesses, including medical and legal experts, the Churches and several advocacy groups.

Many TDs and senators who are not members of the committee attended the hearings, some just to listen, others to advocate for their side of the...

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