Patricia Casey’s views on abortion were formed at the age of 12 when she came across an image of what looked to her like a torn-apart baby – an aborted foetus.
Now, at 25 a veteran anti-abortion campaigner in the semi-autonomous UK province of Northern Ireland, she’s committed to a fight to ensure the abortion law in neighboring Ireland remains one of the world’s strictest, preventing terminations in nearly all circumstances.
“It is a battle, definitely it’s a battle,” she said. “You’ve got to go out there fighting.”
The issue pitches Ireland’s Catholic conservatives against a younger secular generation at a time when the church’s grip on society is weakening and the European Union, of which Ireland is a member, is demanding a review of its laws.