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Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban

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humbleopinion

I remember staying in the Irish Republic in 1975. Any mention of abortion was immediately followed by the word "murder." But it was also an open secret that Irishwomen, even then, travelled across the water to obtain an abortion

guest-ajanwolo

I thought it was only my country India that was regressively steeped in religion and where fate is many a times decided by evil made up constructs like "caste".
But looking at USA today, and being reminded that Ireland - who has a gay PM - have a huge number of regressive people who decide fate of young women by evil made up constructs like "sex is bad" and "abortion is worse".
Hard to believe that man reached moon in 60s and 60 yrs later, we are still debating if people can have sex for the fun of it or not.

OntarioPundit in reply to TJRectenwald

Canada has no laws whatsoever regarding abortion. It's treated as a medical procedure--as it should if it's legal. It makes no sense to allow it yet to have legal restrictions. The only thing legal restrictions apparently do is increase the risk of harm to the woman while doing nothing to reduce the rate of abortion.

TJRectenwald

The United States does not have a 'term-limit' for abortion. Like the other six countries (North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands) that allow abortions beyond the 20-week point, late-term abortions are permitted for a host of fungible reasons.

OntarioPundit

"even the most liberal countries have term limits for abortions"

Canada is unique in that abortion is treated purely as a medical procedure. The last time any government tried to legislate restrictions was in 1990 and that legislation was rejected by the Senate, the chamber tasked with moderating Parliament's laws. Since then it has been deemed politically suicidal--even by social conservative right wing politicians with leadership ambitions--to touch abortion with the proverbial ten foot pole.

What is interesting about abortion rates is that laws and religiosity apparently have little impact on estimated abortion rates--socio-economic conditions do!

For example, in heavily Catholic/Christian, conservative South and Central American nations the abortion rate is twice that of areligious Western Europe and Canada. Sadly, it is these same countries where unsafe abortions are the norm exactly because of restrictive laws.