The slow and winding road to consensus on abortion

The slow and winding road to consensus on abortion
Huge crowds of people march as Pro Choice protesters down O Connell Street in Dublin to take part in an Anti Abortion Rally for Life. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Outsourcing the decision on abortion laws to a ‘Citizens Assembly’ delays the resolution of an already pressing issue

‘It is not to be rushed” was Enda Kenny’s response when asked recently if the Citizens’ Assembly – to recommend whether and how abortion laws should be changed – was merely a delaying tactic. “What we are trying to do here is to build a sense of consensus.”

Just two days after that approach was finally agreed by cabinet on Wednesday, a newspaper headline delivered a stark reminder of just how difficult that task is going...

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