"Legislating for the X case is needed. It is more than twenty years overdue. But there is a danger that it will be portrayed as having resolved what the Government may be tempted to see as a short-term crisis.

Let’s focus on what we are actually talking about here.

Legislating to allow a doctor in a hospital to save the life of a woman who is in danger of dying is the absolute, rock-bottom, minimal level of ethical expectations that we should have of even a semi-civilized parliament.

It is astonishing that we even have to discuss this."

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