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Big read: How will the fall of Roe v Wade impact Northern Ireland?

The fall of Roe v Wade has ensured both sides of the abortion debate in Northern Ireland have hardened their respective positions, writes Gillian Halliday

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An abortion rally takes place at Belfast City Hall in Belfast on June 29, 2022 (Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)

An abortion rally takes place at Belfast City Hall in Belfast on June 29, 2022 (Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)

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Protesters from both sides of the abortion debate wave competing scripture interpretations during a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, United States on June 21, 2022 (Credit: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Protesters from both sides of the abortion debate wave competing scripture interpretations during a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, United States on June 21, 2022 (Credit: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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People attend an abortion-rights protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Friday, June 24, 2022 (Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

People attend an abortion-rights protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Friday, June 24, 2022 (Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

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Anti-abortion activists take part in counter rally at Stormont while pro-choice supporters stage demonstration (Credit: Niall Carson/PA)

Anti-abortion activists take part in counter rally at Stormont while pro-choice supporters stage demonstration (Credit: Niall Carson/PA)

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An abortion rally takes place at Belfast City Hall in Belfast on June 29, 2022 (Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)

When the United States gets a cold, the rest of the world sneezes. It’s an often quoted handy phrase that has been used by commentators and experts throughout the decades to underline the nation’s standing as a global powerhouse — economically, politically and culturally.

Where America goes, other western countries tend to follow — for good or for ill — and that includes Northern Ireland.


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