FROM Henry McDonald
Is a major sea change coming to Ireland's strict abortion laws? Abortions are illegal in Ireland, even in cases of rape or incest. The 8th Amendment has been part of the Irish Constitution since 1983, recognizing the right to life of an unborn fetus. But today, residents will cast votes to decide whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment. Irish expats are even flying in to vote. The referendum has energized women and young people on both sides.
Ireland Makes History with First Gay Marriage Referendum In Ireland, how influential is the Roman Catholic Church? In the 1980's, voters soundly rejected both divorce and abortion. But today's referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage may tell a different story, as we hear from Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent for the Guardian and the Observer .
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.