Originally Posted by patteeu
I think almost everyone would be willing to allow an exception for the life of the mother. The reason people don't want exceptions for the health of the mother is the same reason anyone who wants medical marijuana in California can get it. As soon as you give that inch, someone will take a mile.
First off, in Ireland there is no exception period, and I assume your "almost everyone" means this country.
More relevantly though, it is possible to construe the "for the healh of the mother" too narrowly as well, as in the linked story. In hindsight it became about her life, but that was only after the complications went irreversibly out of control. Health can become life pretty quickly in a hospital.
I don't disagree that there may be cases on the other fringe, but isnt this the side to err on?