Friday 28 July 2017

We’re all sick of the abortion debate – but don’t blame the women fighting for their very lives

The #Strike4Repeal march in Dublin's city centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The #Strike4Repeal march in Dublin's city centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dee Finnerty

Sick of the abortion debate? So am I.

As the report from the Citizens’ Assembly last weekend brought the argument to a pinnacle, an eerie calm prevailed. In the past weeks, months and years, we have heard accounts of the traumas suffered by women, men and families due to a lack of legislation governing abortion in Ireland, and one conclusion has been drawn: the vast majority are sick of talking and hearing about it.

We’ve had women live-tweeting their journeys to obtain abortions in Britain. We have read the stories of well-known women who have defiantly come forward to allow us a glimpse of this secretive practice, otherwise only talked about in hushed tones among the closest of friends, if even then. We have heard the information, misinformation and disinformation and seen the marches, protests and strikes.

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