Thought On The Irish Abortion Referendum

When one thinks of Ireland, forward thinking and progressive is not usually the description that comes to mind.

Last week, the Irish government placed a referendum in front of the citizens. Should the current abortion laws, which only allowed for the procedure when the mother’s life was at risk be overturned or kept as is?

66% of the voting public voted for the law to be overturned.

The fact that 2/3rds of the Irish voters voted for the measure gives me hope. It gives me hope that one day, US voters will do the same. They will trust American women, the spouses/partners and their doctors to make a decision that is at its core a personal one.

From my perspective, those who want to ban or limit abortions do so because they have yet to see women as full-fledged human beings who have the capacity to make their own decisions. While faith and religious observance play a part in on how one might feel about abortion, when it comes down to it, in 2018, are women viewed as intelligent, rational creatures who have the ability to make decisions about their future or are they still viewed as second class citizens who need a man’s guiding hand on all decisions?

 

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2 responses to “Thought On The Irish Abortion Referendum

  1. I hope you will allow a mere man to comment. Whilst being pleased at the result of the referendum [if only the Northern Irish would do the same] I do have reservations about abortion on demand. My reservations are not based on any religious belief or on race or culture – or even gender. However, it seems to be that the decision to engage in the reproductive process implies responsibility for the consequences. There are many good reasons why a woman might seek an abortion, and we see it happen every day – genetic defect, rape, risk to the mother’s life and so on. But to seek it for no other reason than ‘I didn’t mean to get pregnant’ seems dubious justification.

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