Abortion: bad law makes for hard cases

21st December, 2014
Susan Mitchell

The Irish public does not want a ‘liberal’ abortion regime; yet it does not want any hard cases either. The reality is that these desires are mutually exclusive.

In a hospital outside Dublin, a foetus that has been deprived of oxygen for an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a deteriorating body. The horrified next of kin of this clinically brain-dead woman are looking on in anguish, distress and sadness.

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