Don't Look Now, But Legal Abortion in Ireland Faces Little Backlash

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Having voted to overturn its abortion ban with a national referendum, Ireland is beginning to implement access to the procedure. It’s now available in 22 out of 26 counties—and, despite concerns, there’s been hearteningly little backlash.

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The Guardian reported that advocates were braced for the possibility but—not to jinx it—none seems to have emerged:

“We’re going around wondering, ‘are they planning something we’ve missed?’” said Mary Favier, a prominent pro-choice campaigner and GP who provides abortion services in Cork. “But we can’t see what it’s going to be.”

Besides a fleeting protest in Galway – half a dozen people with placards picketed a surgery for a few hours – abortion has become available in 22 of Ireland’s 26 counties with barely any fuss.

“People have been pragmatic and got on with it,” said Tom O’Dowd, who has a surgery in west Dublin. “US-style picketing doesn’t seem to work here.”

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The bigger problem, according to the Guardian, has been getting doctors enlisted quickly enough to match the speed of the rollout—but without a huge negative response, that’s likely a simple issue of getting the training done.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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kenderagain
Kender Again

“US-style picketing doesn’t seem to work here.”

I’m pretty sure that’s because Ireland is basically just three villages in a trenchcoat. It’s a small town sprawling across a medium-sized island. The awkwardness of picketing, when you’d absolutely run into your aunt, your neighbour, your best friend from playschool, and your mother-in-law, just isn’t worth it.

Anyway I’m proud of us! The North is Next!