Sadhbh Walshe is a filmmaker and journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times,The Irish Times and Al Jazeera. She was a staff writer for the TV series The District. Her screenplay, The Fiddler, is a 2017 PAGE Award and Slamdance finalist.

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Ireland’s Big Choice

Reproductive rights activists, dressed as Handmaids from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, outside the Irish parliament before deliberation about the constitutional ban on abortion, September 18, 2017

It would seem that the ruling conservative party, Fine Gael, has already decided that there will be no great liberalizing of abortion laws in Ireland, no matter the unexpectedly liberal results of a recent Citizens’ Assembly vote. If this is indeed how it plays out, aside from the implications for women’s health, it will mean the party will have disregarded a meticulous exercise in deliberative democracy that it put in place (at considerable cost to the taxpayer), simply because it wasn’t satisfied with the results or because those results were not politically expedient.