Breda O’Brien: Making abortion safe, legal and rare is impossible

Our solution to the abuse and poverty of women cannot be ending young human lives

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘What does he mean by rare abortions?’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘What does he mean by rare abortions?’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

After more than a decade of delay, the Government announced it would finally ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This was in the same week as Leo Varadkar announced his hope that abortion will be available in the case of a (so-called) fatal foetal abnormality.

No time limit was suggested for unborn boys and girls with life-limiting conditions, presumably following the UK model.

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