Inside The Battle For Abortion Rights Spilling Out On To Ireland’s Streets
As a referendum seems tantalisingly close, BuzzFeed News went on the road with Ireland’s growing pro-abortion rights movement.
BuzzFeed News Reporter
posted on Mar. 11, 2017
“Hands up who’s ever had sex?” Sean Shinners, a man in his sixties from Limerick, shouted across the road to a row of anti-abortion rights protesters.
The group of around twenty protesters – men and women in their sixties and seventies, some wearing cheerfully coloured woolly hats and tasteful floral scarves – stood silently behind banners depicting graphic photographs of aborted foetuses. Looking stony-faced and sombre outside Limerick’s branch of the Bank of Ireland on Tuesday, they refused to engage with the heckler.
“Do you think any of them have even had sex before, let alone impregnated anyone or been pregnant?” Shinners went on, addressing a growing group of passersby who had gathered to see what all the fuss was about.