Ireland: Five rules for a open and civil debate on the abortion referendum

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Five rules for a open and civil debate on the abortion referendum
All sides should understand that all the ethical issues that abortion raise are “up for debate”

Mon, Jan 29, 2018
Alberto Giubilini

In a few months, Ireland is going to have a referendum on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion. Few topics raise more disagreement, controversy and heated reactions than abortion. Abortion strikes emotional chords and touches upon issues to which people are very sensitive, such as the value of human life, women’s bodily rights, religious prescriptions and freedom of conscience (for doctors).

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