15 December 2017

Video of the day -- relics of a morbid past

Abortion is currently illegal in the Republic of Ireland, with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, forcing thousands of women every year to travel to the UK for the procedure.  As the Catholic Church's centuries-long stranglehold on Irish politics and society has weakened, momentum has been building for a challenge to this codification of religious taboo into civil law, by repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which mandates the prohibition of abortion.  This ad, from 2015, shows how far Ireland has come -- it's hard to imagine such an ad being made for national distribution in the US, even today.

In 2018 the Republic of Ireland will hold a national referendum on legalizing abortion.


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