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This chapter outlines Ireland’s moral revolution in attitudes to abortion (Appiah 2010), the result of decades of conflict over how individual rights should be realised in the context of pregnancy and family life. The two major legal-political events which caused spikes in liberalising attitudes are outlined, namely the 1992 X Case, and the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012. This chapter explains how the moral status of abortion changed in Ireland, resulting in the 2018 popular vote to repeal the Constitutional ban, in response to public expressions of anger and shame at the operation of that ban. The chapter considers how a specific idea of freedom was articulated through this change. Two alternative conceptions of freedom, libertarian and socially embedded (Honneth 2014), are summarized. The chapter focuses on what the emotional register of public reactions to key events tells us about the form liberalisation took in Ireland’s long struggle over abortion rights. The significance of shame in driving social change, through an affirmation of individual rights conceived through a social account of freedom, is considered.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave handbook of global social change|
|Editors||Rajendra Baikady, SM Sajid , Varoshini Nadesan, Jaroslaw Przeperski, M Rezaul Islam, Gao Jianguo|
|Publication status||Accepted - Jan 2023|
- Abortion, Ireland, Liberalisation, Libertarian, Social Freedom, Anger, Shame
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- 1 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
A Question of Life: Human Dignity, Reproductive Rights, and Abortion Politics
Lisa Smyth (Invited speaker)10 Dec 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference