The European Parliament called for the legalisation of abortion in Ireland. The opinion, passed in Strasbourg by 321 votes to 122; it carried no legislative weight but provoked a storm of political controversy.

It was not the first and wouldn’t be the last time institutions within the European Union would admonish Ireland for it’s pro-life laws specifically the 8th amendment.

The pressure continued with regular reports, statements and otherwise from MEPs, Commissioners and institutions within the EU.