Wednesday October 28, 2020

There is no legal requirement for suicide exemptions

The political rhetoric surrounding the introduction of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been a model of legal obfuscation, writes Maria Cahill.

22nd June, 2013

Although the European Court of Human Rights specifically requested that Ireland provide legal clarity in relation to lawful medical treatments in pregnancy, the political rhetoric surrounding the introduction of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been a model of legal obfuscation.

The government has been keen to emphasise that it is obliged to legislate to introduce abortion on the grounds of suicidal intent, and both the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and the Minister for...

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