An Open Letter to my Pro Choice Friends

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This one is tough. Or awkward. Or perhaps a piece that is has a fragile balance that I may or may not achieve. But nevertheless, what is friendship anyway if you can’t express your thoughts, and what is a conversation if you can’t exchange ideas…?

I address this to my repeal friends. I don’t have many actually, I’m not a million friends sort of person. That also means that the friends I do have, are actually friends. As in, I give ...

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It’s not an idyll if it’s built on bones

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There is no debate anymore. That’s a problem. There is a token circulation of limited ideas, less than that, there is a token circulation of conclusions separated from any of their reasoning or development. Modern society has goals without games, destinations without the mental journeys, conviction without deduction. We know we want this and we want that, but we don’t know the layers of polemic that drew the fibres of the principle into being. The problem with this is that ...

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The one question

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Want a shortcut to deciding how to vote? Just get the basics right.

The arguments on abortion are not ones that lend themselves to moderation or compromise. Look at the posters that go up one day and are gone the next, the twitter spats that need to be deleted in the cold light of day, the rallies, the launches, the organisations, the campaigns. We’re a passionate nation I guess, whatever our views. Ireland’s 8th Amendment is being dragged inch by inch ...

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Nasty medicine, straight up, no sugar

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I was going to write tonight on the hard cases, you know the ones, the rape, the incest, the fetal disability, the mother’s health. All the things we expected to form the arena for the debate. But it seems to me the debate has become a different thing.

The 8th Amendment has a clear aim of protecting both the life of mother and baby. You can read Article 40.3.3. It’s hardly obscure. You’d really have to stretch things a bit ...

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Doing the Ethical Splits

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both

 

They are the first lines to Frost’s well known poem. It’s not a particularly opaque poem, but it’s carved and simple and true. And you, dear reader, are standing right now where the roads diverge, and you cannot travel both. And like the poem, you will never stand here again.

In 1969 America was eying up abortion. Now the annual abortion figures in America hover upwards ...

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Truth isn’t always easy

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Truth is an awkward old thing. You can’t argue with it. You can’t escape it. You can’t change it. It just is. Not liking it or not agreeing with it doesn’t change it either and how you feel about it is irrelevant. People don’t like that, they think truth should temper itself according to sentiment, as if it relies on them in some way to exist. The problem is, today’s world is heavy on emotions and light on facts, heavy ...

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