The fractious deliberations of Government Ministers on the draft legislation on abortion are largely irrelevant to the legal regime on abortion in Ireland that led directly to the death Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway on Sunday, October 28th last.  It was not confusion about the existing law on abortion that led to her death, or contributed to it, nor did she die as a result of any inadequacy in her treatment at that hospital – although there were certainly many inadequacies.    Politicians are still not willing to take the hard decisions on abortion

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