The Protection of Life during Pregnancy bill has successfully passed through Dáil Éireann. The bill would allow abortions to be performed when the mother faces life-threatening circumstances from her pregnancy.
This may or may not be a stepping stone towards abortion on demand. However the 'risk' of abortion on demand does not render this legislation any less necessary. Complications during pregnancy do occur. Parents can be faced with the nightmare choice between aborting a pregnancy and a very real risk of the mother dying during child birth. This legislation will allow the mother and her family, not the State or the Roman Catholic Church, to decide the course of action. It provides freedom of conscience to those most affected by the outcome.
But abortion is a grim business. Scenes of people celebrating it's introduction are a little unsettling.