The vote in Ireland had world wide significance because the campaign was focused on women. The picture of one dead woman, Savita Halappanavar, a dentist who requested an abortion, was refused and died was on thousands of posters across Ireland. The vote in favor of making abortions legal was two to one. Mostly anti abortion politics has pictures of babies after they are born. Pictures of Savita Halapanavar replaced the babies carried the day.
A prominent writer points out that the Catholic Church and now many right wing Protestants oppose artificial birth control. The Christian right’s male and moral chest beating is ignored by most women. The Irish “yes” vote political technique of focusing on the fate of pregnant women has not been used enough either by Planned Parenthood or other abortion rights groups. Catholic/right wing Protestants painted themselves into a corner on birth control and now have done the same thing with abortion. They need to find a exit.
Slowly it seems a few right to life supporters are seeing the light. They are recognizing that demanding women carry pregnancies to term without offering them support is seen as punitive. Women today need to pursue careers. Without help to maintain careers and care for other children moral rhetoric will be ignored.
Along with that, they need to drop support of anti government politicians who hurt the anti abortion case by their punitive language and small government advocacy.
Offering opportunities to pursue careers and care of other children is an exit from a dead end road.