Wednesday 13 December 2017

Carol Hunt: Why I've changed my view on X Case

Abortion is a subject that polarises society but both sides have behaved dishonestly, writes Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

The Jesuitical maxim 'Dei sacrificium intellectus' is called to mind every time we attempt a rational debate on the topic of abortion in Ireland. And not just by those who cite 'natural law' as their ultimate guide in the matter. There is evidence that both sides need to put their hands in the air and say: 'mea culpa' -- I'm not thinking.

What is it about this issue that makes people -- normal, sensible, kind people -- so sure, so absolutely convinced beyond all rational discussion, that it is their side, their view, their interpretation that is right?

Why is it, at the very mention of the word 'abortion' every politician in the country would do well to run screaming in the opposite direction, as indeed they have always done -- fingers crossed that the issue can be kicked so far into the future (coalition review group) they won't have to deal with it.

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