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Gene Kerrigan: The facts of life that we don't discuss

The 'pro-lifers' are a lot more reticent on the State's unofficial position on abortion

Published 23/12/2012 | 05:00

WHY don't we discuss abortion? That might seem like a silly question – given that something called "the abortion debate" has been raging in recent weeks, and gets louder by the day. But the current shouting match is about a relatively minor adjustment to the law. Why do the alleged "pro-lifers" not mount a campaign relating to the thousands of Irish foetuses aborted each year?

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They're very loud about the State's constitutional position on abortion – oh, they'll gab all day about that. It's as though they love a good row about the State's official position on abortion. They'll talk your ear off about what politicians should or should not do, about promises made and broken, about their own moral superiority.

To cause maximum offence, they slag their opponents as "agents of the culture of death". It's as though the whole thing is about scoring points.

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