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Ignore rhetoric, focus on detail

Barristers - like preachers - are prone to rhetorical flourishes. Leaving aside, for a moment, the distracting and unhelpful "bullet in the head" metaphor, can anyone give a good answer to the substantive element of the question John Larkin posed to Dawn Purvis four years ago?

What is the difference between terminating the life of a disabled child two days before his or her due date and terminating that life (humanely; no bullets involved) a few days later?


Portadown, Co Armagh

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