Fine Gael is becoming a pro-choice party. Will Ireland follow?
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Fine Gael would hold a debate on abortion and the Eighth Amendment at its conference
During the 2011 general election Fine Gael sent a letter to voters who asked for the party’s position on abortion. Signed by director of elections Phil Hogan, the one-page document could not have been clearer: “Fine Gael is opposed to the legislation of abortion.”
Just over two years later the party legislated for the X Case, providing for abortion in cases where a woman is suicidal. Such was the extent of strong opposition within the...
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