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Abortion debate has much to learn from equality referendum

When it comes to abortion, constructive discourse is often sacrificed for 'balance' and this has got to change

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

The Oireachtas Committee debates on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, admirably led by Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, proved that we can provide space for civilised debate
The Oireachtas Committee debates on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, admirably led by Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, proved that we can provide space for civilised debate

Is there anything to be said for having a mature, compassionate conversation about abortion? Politicians, terrified of losing their seats, have ruled out any constitutional or legislative change this side of the general election.

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But you would think we are in the final days of an abortion referendum and I'm exhausted even thinking about it.

Yesterday, pro-life and pro-choice supporters took to the streets of Dublin, staging rallies and counter-rallies to maintain/repeal the Eighth Amendment.

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