Friday 17 August 2018

‘We must vote No to protect our children’

Katie Ascough. Photo: David Conachy
Katie Ascough. Photo: David Conachy

Katie Ascough

'I don't like either extreme," is a frequent comment from undecided voters. Thousands of Irish people, caught in the middle of a heated and polarising debate, are still deciding how to vote on May 25.

After almost three months of travelling and talking to people in every county, this is why I believe we can and should vote No.

First of all, it's important to state that we, in good conscience, can vote No. Ireland's abortion laws have already been changed. It is legal to terminate a pregnancy in Ireland to protect a mother's life (Act, 2013). We can vote No because, according to the World Health Organisation, Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world to be pregnant, even safer than the UK and US which both have wide-ranging abortion.

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