The number of Fine Gael TDs now publicly advocating a referendum to repeal the constitutional provisions on abortion is up to 2. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/poli...ague-s-call-for-abortion-referendum-1.1912286 I am sure that a lot of steam will be let off on the topic in the coming months. That is not my purpose here. The issue of abortion in the case of rape has been mentioned by both Olivia Mitchell and Regina O Doherty. If any provision is made regarding abortion in the case of rape how will rape be defined. Is it when a woman says she has been raped, then that is abortion on demand, at least for those who would be happy to claim rape. If it is when rape has been proved in court (and after all rape is a serious criminal offence) then in effect that is no abortion in the case of rape. And just to put my cards on the table, I believe no woman should have to carry any child against her will. I also believe that to destroy an unborn child is horrendous. If anyone can reconcile those two beliefs, I will have a coherent position on abortion.