O'Doherty: Amnesty jump shark with abortion demands
Anybody who grew up during the 1980s will recall, with a shiver, the febrile nature of those times. Abortion and divorce had become the hot button issues in the country as a still-dominant Church used every tactic it could muster against the demonic forces of liberalism and common sense.
While religious and social conservatives may have seen divorce and abortion as merely different sides of the same coin, they failed to take into account the fact that plenty of people who were in favour of divorce were also uncomfortable with abortion.
At the time, the one political movement that everyone could support was the avowedly non-political Amnesty International.