Thanks for your answer Napper (genuinely). With reference to the bit in bold, I actually agree with you. It’s for her with the help, advice and support of those closest to her to make that decision. The issue is that accommodating the provisions of the eight amendment results in legislation which very clearly does make that pronouncement on behalf of the State - it says she can’t abort the child in this country. That right to decide is removed from her and those she trusts most - I believe that to be fundamentally morally wrong. For me, that’s the very heart of the matter.
I do understand the concerns that abortion would become just another form of contraception and will admit personally I’d be uncomfortable were it to be so. I don’t believe that’d be the case to any significant extent here however, the numbers of people divorcing 23 years on suggest we’re still a pretty conservative people at heart.