As in 1983, the Irish abortion referendum sets emotion against reason

In Dublin, it is impossible to ignore the graphic and emotive posters plastered to every lamp post. 

In 1983, the Irish people voted to in effect make abortion illegal. The Eighth Amendment, or more specifically article 40.3.3 of Irish constitution, couldn’t possibly be more ambiguous. It states: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

It took a landmark case in 1992 to interpret the...
source: New Statesman

2018-05-16 16:35
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