Wednesday 18 July 2018

'A No vote is our opportunity to do better for women and babies'

There has been little or no analysis of what the Government is actually proposing, writes Wendy Grace

Anti-abortion protesters march through Dublin to campaign for the Eighth Amendment of the constitution to be retained in this summer's referendum. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA
Anti-abortion protesters march through Dublin to campaign for the Eighth Amendment of the constitution to be retained in this summer's referendum. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA

Wendy Grace

The past week has exposed further an entrenched and widespread lack of trust in politicians as a class of people less interested in what is right and more interested in making their system of power work. Yet if we remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, we are being asked to trust politicians forevermore with abortion legislation.

There has been little or no analysis of what the Government's proposal actually is. I am not surprised by the lack of seriousness and truthfulness. The Government's strategy is to refuse to talk about some of the obvious truths of their extreme abortion proposal.

By and large, they rely on a supportive media to get away with it. I feel the National Union of Journalists has had an 'pro-choice' policy for years and it shows. But credit to veteran pro-choice campaigner Nell McCafferty, who had the honesty to say: "It's not that I'm unable - I am unwilling to face some of the facts about abortion."

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