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When it comes to uncomfortable truth, today's liberals look away

Published 04/04/2014 | 02:30

Film furore: The poster for Phelin McAleer's proposed film about Kermit Gosnell
Film furore: The poster for Phelin McAleer's proposed film about Kermit Gosnell

Of all the hot-button issues, none is as divisive as abortion. Forget the rights or wrongs of gay marriage, forget the ifs or buts of climate change, forget even the rather more amorphous – from an Irish context – arguments about the death penalty.

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No, if there is one issue that is guaranteed to have friends fall out and enemies hate each with even greater passion, this is the one. Because people on both sides absolutely refuse to compromise. And with that refusal to compromise comes an equally self-defeating refusal to accept that the other side may have some valid points.

In the public arena, the presumption is that people of good conscience can disagree with each other and Queensbury rules are respected – keep it above the belt, no personalised attacks and slurs are allowed.

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