Right to choose?

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:457
  1. Liam Farrell

    The Republic of Ireland is grappling with its demons again. Through a high court judgment, information on abortion--including prices--will now be available through the family doctor service. However, as in Northern Ireland (ironically, just about the only issue on which all political parties concur), abortion itself will still not be available and both sides will continue to export this problem to Britain.

    It is easy to be cynical, to ridicule Ireland for its hypocrisy, but this is unworthy and unfair. We are dealing with such a fundamental ethical issue that some degree of moral ambiguity is inevitable, and it is the sign of a mature society that we are prepared to display our wounds in public.

    The anguished debate …

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