Journalists

Saturday 22 July 2017

Labour’s Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Alan Kelly; the party says it wants to let
people vote on the Eighth Amendment. Photo: Tom Burke

Labour's display of courage on abortion issue 

In an ideal world there would be no unwanted pregnancies - every baby would be welcomed by two loving parents. Take a look out of the window. This is not an ideal world. Like most people, I would prefer abortions not to happen. Just as I would prefer no pregnant women to be left unsupported, and no child poverty. But there have always been unwanted pregnancies, which explains why our history is littered with backstreet butcheries, Magdalene laundries and forced adoptions.