By dodging the question of the morality of the abortion and focusing exclusively on the law – and in particular on a particular legal regime involving punishing women – people who talk about ‘forced pregnancy’ are subtly but effectively shifting the ground onto territory that favours them at the expense of having a conversation about the central issue: is abortion right or wrong? Everything else, including your attitude to the law, should be discussed once you’ve decided what you think on that critical question.
You may not be a fan of the Minister for Health. But pro-lifers still need to challenge the idea that fathers can continue working at full steam in the weeks after their child is born.
We cannot let ideological purity become more central to the pro-life movement than the practical effort to save lives.
Following this evening’s debate, kindly organised by TCDSU, we want to look at a few claims about whether pro-life laws work or not.