Irish people have dared to speak on abortion. Our government must listen
theguardian.com, 26 April 2017 by Grainne Maguire
The story was that abortion could be tolerated in only the most limited of circumstances. Then 99 members of the public were asked what they thought.
In 1916, when revolutionaries were putting the final touches to the proclamation of independence, the manifesto of the Irish state, there was one phrase that kept holding everything up: should it be addressed to the men of Ireland as Pádraig Pearse insisted, or the men and women, as James Connelly argued? Connelly won, but whose revolution it actually was is still up for debate 101 years later.
Last weekend, a national assembly set up by the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to debate access to abortion in Ireland announced its results.
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