The abortion bill… April 18, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Social Policy.
Here’s a thought on foot of today and tomorrow’s events. The list of those voting will be most interesting, as will the names of those who don’t turn up in the Chamber. It will also be useful to match that against votes subsequent to any attempt to introduce legislation on foot of the report released later this year.
Of course the Labour Party has headed off some of the implications of the above by not allowing a free vote, though will any members of the LP break ranks. As interesting will be others from other parties.
RTÉ reports the following:
Speaking after a silent pro-life protest at the Dáil, Caroline Simons of the Pro-life movement said tonight’s private members bill is not about medical treatment for women but about providing for abortion throughout pregnancy.
She said doctors have practiced with no diffculty for the last 20 years since the ‘X-case’ without abortion in Ireland and the UN accepts this country is the safest in the world to have a baby.
That last is often voiced in the debates on the issue, but it seems to me to be something of a diversion and not entirely relevant to the debate, not least when one considers the situation that faced these women.
The simplification that seems to operate in relation to this issue does no one any service at all.