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Nadine Dorries speaking in the Commons earlier today (PA photo)

And yet if ever there was a need for rational argument, then now is the time

Nadine Dorries's amendment had only lukewarm support from the pro-life movement (PA photo)

Amendment that would prevent abortion providers offering counselling is defeated by a majority of 250

In Britain the jury is still out on whether women should serve in close combat units (PA photo)

Arguments over women fighting in the armed forces and the legalisation of abortion are linked

The silhouettes of Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

The episode has exposed the cowardice of the Coalition Government

Nadine Dorries's amendment on pre-abortion counselling seems to have prodded the Government into action

Nadine Dorries wants to stop taxpayers’ money going to ‘counselling’ by abortionists: but will the Department of Health actually back her?

Benedict XVI gestures during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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A priest hears a confession in Retiro park, Madrid, during World Youth Day (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

Ronald Reagan and his wife meet John Paul II at the Vatican in 1982 (AP Photo)

The US leader, dismissed initially as a B-grade movie star, was a great pro-life president

Pro-lifers protest against abortion outside the Houses of Parliament (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

It might sound like a good thing but it is not as straightforward as one might think