Today’s forum is the first foray into an argument set to dominate politics
This morning an Oireachtas committee will begin three days of hearings on the Government decision to legalise abortion in limited circumstances at some point next year.
In the course of the sittings, more than 40 witnesses and 20 groups will give evidence. They include medical and legal experts, the churches, civil society bodies, pro-choice and anti-abortion groups and, of course, politicians.
The evidence will range from complex and technical factual material to emotive advocacy from groups representing both sides of the debate. As such, it will be the first substantial foray into a debate that will dominate and divide Irish political discourse throughout 2013; as it did in 2002, in 1992 and in 1982/3.
The hearings are part of three-step process to arrive at a legislative solution to end the uncertainty over what is legally permissible with abortion.
Read full article by Harry McGee here
From the Irish Times - 'Coalition road map to advance abortion debate begins with Oireachtas hearings'