The vote to legalize abortion in Ireland was a stunning and unexpected result, even to the winners. It is politics turned upside down.
Prior to votes to legalize gay marriage, it was assumed by many that young people would not be as involved in politics as the parents and grandparents. The Irish vote shows this is not universally the case.
In the U.S. there are an unprecedented number of women running for high offices. In Ireland, pundits noted that at the victory rallies for legalized abortion three-fourths of the attendees were women. More women than men graduate from professional schools such as medicine and law. There are slightly more women than men receiving university degrees.
Thus, when a row of men in clerical collars announced it a sin to vote for legalized abortion the Irish press assumed this would push the “no” vote over the top as it has for a century or more of Irish history. Clerical collars lost by two to one.
While politics is always about the unpredictable, it seems to me issues like anti abortion which harm women directly will be defeated by women. This week we saw, also, a stunning rebuke of the high official in the Southern Baptist Convention. First he was removed from his post but retained status and pension funds. A few days later these were taken away and all ties severed. All this over the treatment of women.
It seems to me anti abortion operatives should be negotiating a plea bargain.