Thursday 16 August 2018

I am pro-life but will not vote No

One of the many 'undecided', Jody Corcoran will use a tactical non-vote effectively to allow the Yes side to win

Pro-life demonstrators from Stand up for Life campaign in Merrion Square, Dublin Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pro-life demonstrators from Stand up for Life campaign in Merrion Square, Dublin Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

As a twice-stated 'undecided', I suppose it is worth saying at this stage that I will be effectively voting Yes in the abortion referendum. It would be more accurate to say I will not be voting No. In the end, it came down to three factors.

The first is that I have come to the conclusion that the unborn do not have an absolute right to life in all circumstances; secondly, my daughter, aged 19, who will be voting for the first time, and is campaigning for Yes with Dublin City University friends, has canvassed me like a seasoned professional; and thirdly, I am acutely aware of an underlying sense of "shame" among women of a certain age who have secretly had abortions over the decades and have never really spoken about it, a feeling which I believe a Yes victory must and will lift.

At the outset I should state that I am by instinct or nature pro-life in that, for example, I believe human life begins at conception and that the embryo is not a "clump of cells" or merely "tissue" of the mother's body.

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