Wednesday 22 November 2017

Abortion law offers escape to rich and a dead end to poor

Picture posed.Thinkstock Images
Picture posed.Thinkstock Images

Middle-aged and elderly voters are responsible for Ireland's restrictive abortion law - it's time a new generation had a say.

Since Ireland first inserted the 1983 amendment into the Constitution, equating a woman's right to life with that of a foetus, voters have had a number of opportunities to make the law more restrictive. We have never had an opportunity to liberalise it.

The choice, if you could call it that, has only ever veered from endorsing an absolute abortion ban to allowing it in very limited circumstances to save a woman's life.

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