If there is one thing i don't see covered much in the media it is the effects party policy on abortion has on party membership and indeed voting patterns.
In relation to Sinn Fein who have a core of very committed voters and members primarily concerned with full independence and unity, the impact of abortion policy is surely worth a few column inches.
The Mary-Lou wing and ignorance of northern issues by southern voters I feel has permitted the sidelining of the pro-life supporter of Sinn Fein.
Sinn Fein clearly took a decision NOT to grasp the opportunity to effectively close down the Marie Stopes private abortion clinic operating profitably no doubt in Belfast.
At the recent Ard Fheis they shot down a motion permitting a freedom of conscience vote in relation to abortion.
Mary Lou has completed yet another abortion friendly job on the Pat Kenny show speaking for women apparently.
Of course there are divergent views within Sinn Fein particularly in relation to the Donegal deputies and Peadar Toibin, but there can be no doubt that Sinn Fein will lose votes due to this issue.
The question is though: where does a left leaning, anti eu, independence and unification loving anti-consumerist pro-marriage and fundamentally opposed to abortion voter turn?