Tuesday 25 April 2017

Now that the gay marriage campaign is over, abortion will be the next social battleground

Savita Halappanavar’s husband Praveen sits with a photograph of his wife at a friend’s house in Galway.
Savita Halappanavar’s husband Praveen sits with a photograph of his wife at a friend’s house in Galway.
Savita Halappanavaar
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

The campaign for same- sex marriage is done and dusted - emphatically so. But the obvious electoral shift towards a more liberal, secular society, particularly among younger voters, only serves to emphasise the point that abortion will be the next big social issue battleground.

We've already had five plebiscites on abortion in the past 32 years. But it's only a matter of when, not if, the next referendum happens.

Ireland has changed beyond recognition since the Eighth Amendment, proposing a constitutional ban on abortion, was resoundingly endorsed by the electorate in 1983.

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