Catholic Church Takes a Background Role Ahead of Ireland’s Abortion Vote

Source: Wall Street Journal

By Paul Hannon in Dublin and Francis X. Rocca in Rome

A vote this week on whether to repeal Ireland’s constitutional abortion ban has sparked an emotional debate across the country, on street signs, social media and television and radio shows. An anti-abortion group even erected a giant “NO” on a landmark hill on Ireland’s west coast.

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But one voice, long dominant in Irish society, has spoken softly this time: the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

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