This is one example of what an intellectually honest defence of abortion looks like – and the problems it runs into.
Speaking to Amnesty campaigners on the street in recent months, I have been repeatedly struck by how ill-informed they are about abortion and foetal development, and about the repeal of the 8th Amendment generally. Much of what they have told me is untrue or misleading.
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.
If you’re part of a movement that people have negative impressions of, these impressions can be quite difficult to dispel. This is sometimes what it’s like trying to convince people feminism isn’t some hypocritical, self-centred movement for rich western women. It’s also what it can be like for pro-life feminists trying to win over our pro-choice counter parts – there are some pretty common ideas that people will believe about you without necessarily having any good reason to do so. Here are some ideas and tactics I think could help counter that.