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Irish justice minister wants wider access to abortion

July 25, 2013

Ireland’s justice minister has called for broader access to abortion, even before a new law allowing some legal abortions takes effect.

Alan Shatter said that the legislation that has won approval by the country’s lawmakers, allowing for abortion if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, does not go far enough. He called for a new measure to allow abortion in cases involving rape, incest, or severe fetal abnormalities, saying that it is a “great cruelty” to women to ban abortion in such instances. He said that eventually legislators would be asked to take up the controversial topic once again.

Earlier this month, Irish legislators gave overwhelming approval to the new legislation allowing legal abortion in some circumstances, including when the mother says she is suicidal. President Michael Higgins must now decide whether to sign the bill into law or ask the nation’s Supreme Court to determine its constitutionality. Irish pro-lifers have promised a legal challenge if Higgins signs the bill.


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  • Posted by: rhmazyck8126664 - Jul. 25, 2013 11:52 PM ET USA

    Slippery slope.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jul. 25, 2013 11:13 PM ET USA

    Wow!! Like, this took me completely by surprise!! Like, I was sure that Satan's minions would be completely satisfied once they got abortion legalized for those specific instances when everyone just knows, like, kill the baby to save the chick, right?!! Like, what's so hard about that!! But I never, like, never, ever thought they'd want to go any further than that!! Wow, man!! Like, should we just give them whatever they want?! Like, I just don't know anymore, man.