Ireland’s Long Journey on Abortion

September 5, 2016

(New York Times) – Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, known as the Eighth Amendment, grants a fetus the same right to life as the woman carrying it. Since the amendment was championed by Roman Catholic groups in the 1980s, successive Irish governments — despite probably fearing more for their re-election chances than for their mortal souls — have allowed the church to dictate the terms of the abortion debate. That may now be changing. The outpouring of social media support for Two Women Travel is the latest indication that the public has moved a long way from the church’s “no abortion, no way, not ever” stance.