Comment: Time for clarity on complex issue

The Savita Halappanavar case highlights once again the need for the Irish legislature to do its job and legislate once and for all for this inherently complex issue.

The Savita Halappanavar case highlights once again the need for the Irish legislature to do its job and legislate once and for all for this inherently complex issue.

It is now 20 years since the seminal X case decision when the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal in the Republic when there is a real and substantial rise to the life of a pregnant woman.

The European Court of Human Rights has laid out in no uncertain terms that legislation is required.

On this issue the Irish legislature has failed singularly in its duty to legislate and has effectively the issue with doctors and frontline staff who have to judge the circumstances where a termination may be necessary.

This is fundamentally unfair to medical staff who find themselves making split second decisions in emergency circumstances, whilst having to worry about the implications and consequences of their decisions.

We don’t need too many more reports, not to mention inquiries. Yes, it is a divisive issue, but get on with it.

It’s past time for clarity on this issue. Our legislators now have to face up to their responsibilities, and justify themselves even at this late stage with legislation which will tackle and deal head on with this.