Our world in Ireland has been overtaken by campaign paraphenlia relating to the referendum on repealing the eighth amendment in the Irish Constitution. Currently the law states this ‘The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’ After the referendum if a Yes majority wins, the law will state this “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies”.
Here is the website to go to to learn more Commission Referendum 2018.
I call this the ‘silent but violent’ referendum. You won’t hear debates in staffrooms. In shops. On streets. In pubs. We are still very Irish when it comes to this chat. Stigma is FAR reaching. On both sides of the argument. You will hear vicious and scathing arguments on radio, TV and extremely opinionated voices expressed through media articles etc. I have heard no official debate that I could call clear, balanced or worthy of forming an opinion through, to date, as there seems to be no way for mediators to be objective as they try to give balance.
The paper/ propaganda/ canvassing campaign is prevalent in places where there are no protests. Voices screech from posters, accusations are made from images, judgements declared on lamp posts.
I refer to both sides of the campaign.
Emotive. Passions run high. Just not face to face among the majority, those who have their private opinions, but are not campaigning aloud to change other minds.
I am writing more than I meant.
Because Irishness has gotten me. I won’t be voicing my decision either.
I will say one thing. Read the website. Decide yourself.
So I will now bring to you the images that I am driving past on a daily basis. The words. The campaign.
Be warned: some people may find offence here, some may be disturbed by the images/ words, some might not. These are not my words.
Why am I posting them? I just want you to see what myself and my young family are facing on a daily basis on the drive to work, the swimming pool, the shop and the park. Why all the pictures of babies Mammy, they ask. They are two and three.
So there you have. A mere snapshot of what is being posted about the country.
You see, you cannot win. You are either non- nationalistic, a murderer, barbaric, uncivilized, unpatriotic, lacking in compassion, a radical, untrusting, sexist, uncaring or emasculated.
Silent. But violent.