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The expert group on abortion refers to the ‘chilling effect’ of the 1861 Act that prohibits abortion. Surely it is necessary for any law against taking innocent life to have such a chilling effect. Otherwise, the law would not be a robust deterrent.
Fine Gael gave a solemn pre-election promise not to allow abortion and now plans to repeal the same 1861 Act. This move has dismayed much of the electorate and particularly Fine Gael voters.
Democracy and the right to life of the innocent unborn have both been dealt a serious blow. The prospects for both are chilling.
B Ó Loingsigh
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