You do rather have to decide you know:
The European court of human rights last week settled the case of three Irish residents who argued that their wellbeing had been jeopardised by their need to travel abroad in order to secure an abortion. Ireland\’s theocratic strictures on terminations are nothing new. The abortionist Mamie Cadden was sentenced to hang in 1957, and during the half-century since there have been repeat referendums, a constitutional amendment and a run of test cases, but the basic bar remains in full force except in tightly prescribed circumstances, most notably where the woman\’s life is in danger.
No, really, you do have to decide. Does democracy trump rights? Or do rights trump democracy?
Here the argument that a woman\’s right to an abortion trumps the democratically expressed will of the Irish electorate. Well, in The Guardian\’s version of it.
OK, great, so we\’ve now got a set of rights (and they mention the abolition of the death penalty as well) which trump the democratic will of the people.
Good, fine: so which rights do so? For example, does obeying the law of the land on taxation trump the desire of the mob (the \”demos\”) that fat cat rich bastard foreigners pay more tax in Britain? The argument over Lady Green certainly seems to think not.
It\’s a tricky one isn\’t it?
What rights are above the peoples\’ will? And yes, there will be a test on this: there is every single damn day the legislature is in session.