Saturday 18 August 2018

Understanding the selective compassion of abortion vote

Dealing with pro-life arguments will be the key to the controversial referendum being passed, writes Donal Lynch

Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM
Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Already, with a couple of months still to go, the abortion referendum feels like our own Vietnam; a war that will never end.

The rote lines of both sides have beaten a country into submission. Maria Steen, Tara Flynn and Catherine Noone must be on the brink of nervous exhaustion, but they and others have, at least, moved us towards the bitter end.

Most people, it seems, have by now made up their mind. If polls can be believed, a majority now favours removal of the Eighth Amendment and more favour the proposal of 12-week unrestricted abortion than any other option.

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