“A Holy Alliance: Obstacles to abortion rights in Ireland North and South”

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Abstract

One interesting question about debate on abortion in Ireland is why, although the law in the North is significantly more liberal than that in the South, is the policy discourse in both jurisdictions so similar – about saving women’s lives only? This chapter argues that, while in the South the Eighth amendment to the Constitution has restricted debate to the question of life-saving abortions, in the North it is a ‘holy alliance’ of evangelical Protestantism and fundamentalist Catholicism that has kept the debate so limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Abortion Papers Ireland, Volume 2
EditorsAideen Quilty, Sinead Kennedy, Catherine Conlon
Place of PublicationCork, Ireland
PublisherCork University Press
Pages244-255
ISBN (Print)9781782051725
Publication statusIn preparation - 8 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 8th Amendment
  • Catholic Church
  • Evangelicals

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    Horgan, G. (2013). “A Holy Alliance: Obstacles to abortion rights in Ireland North and South”. Manuscript in preparation. In A. Quilty, S. Kennedy, & C. Conlon (Eds.), The Abortion Papers Ireland, Volume 2 (pp. 244-255). Cork University Press. http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/Abortion-Papers-Ireland-p/9781782051725.htm