The Unchanging Rhetoric of the Abortion Debate (Radio Contribution)

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Pro-Life Poster
(Photographed in Drumcondra)

On Wednesday 10 July, the Dáil sat through the night and into the morning of 11 July to debate the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.  Having spent much time recently researching and writing about the 1980s, I was invited onto  RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the current abortion debate in the context of the ’80s and ’90s.  I made the point that, while the debate is certainly not as divisive today, much of the rhetoric — particularly on the pro-life side — remains unchanged.  And while the legislation is a development and we’ve had a far wider debate in parliament than ever before, the historical importance of the bill should not be overstated.

 

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Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

I am Head of History and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. I am the author of 'The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-1933' (Royal Irish Academy, 2010) and 'A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987' (Palgrave, 2013). I also co-edited 'A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s' (Irish Academic Press, 2015) and 'Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century' (Palgrave, 2017).

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