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'It does not protect morals to export the problem to another jurisdiction': The week in quotes

Here’s what was said and who said what this week.

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If it is morally wrong to abort a foetus in Northern Ireland, it is just as wrong morally to abort the same foetus in England. It does not protect morals to export the problem to another jurisdiction and then turn a blind eye.

Mr Justice Horner ruled that that abortion laws in Northern Ireland breach European human rights law.

South Africa Pistorius Trial Source: Associated Press

The interests of justice require that persons should be convicted of the actual crimes they have committed, and not of lesser offences.

The court’s written opinion in changing Oscar Pistorius’ conviction for shooting Reeva Steenkamp from culpable homicide to murder.

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What we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated. It is why, as we have heard tonight, socialists, trade unionists and others joined the International Brigade in the 1930s to fight against Franco. It is why this entire House stood up against Hitler and Mussolini. It is why our party has always stood up against the denial of human rights and for justice. My view is that we must now confront this evil. It is now time for us to do our bit in Syria. That is why I ask my colleagues to vote for the motion tonight.

Labour MP Hilary Benn delivered what some are calling one of the great political speeches of modern times.

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There are no such babies as babies with fatal foetal abnormalities. There are babies with serious, profound life-threatening and life-limiting conditions but they are still human beings.

Comments made by Renua senator Paul Bradford this week.

I can face the fact that this baby was never going to make it, but I will never get over the fact that we had to leave the love and support of our family, friends and the staff from the maternity hospital. It was all very traumatic and extremely cruel to be sent to another country for the termination.

Responding to Bradford’s comments, Arlette Lyons wrote about her experience of having to travel to Liverpool to have a termination when she found out her baby had no chance of survival.

Skellig Michael renovation work Source: PA WIRE

I imagined Luke Skywalker in one of the dank beehive cells, crouching as the monks had centuries before, marooned on the island with his demons.

Journalist with The New York Times Lucinda Hahn took a trip to Skellig Michael.

France Syria Source: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File

The majority they (are) … the good Syrian, the patriot, the natural people. But of course you have the infiltration of the terrorists among them. That’s true. How much, how many? We cannot tell.

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad on the refugee crisis facing Europe.

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You belong to a sort of a cute hoor form of politics that says, you know, ‘the more you duck and dive…’.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin lashed out at Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Filer/Clinton's Source: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

[Is it] possible to quote me laughing at the sheer absurdity of this story?

A spokesperson for the Clintons responds to claims that Bill Clinton once tried to seduce Jacqueline Kennedy.

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