Irish abortion referendum: the reality of Ireland’s abortion law, as told by the women most affected
Repeal the 8th: a frank and personal exploration of Ireland’s eighth amendment as the country votes in a pivotal referendum
The Sunday Times, May 6 2018
Last week I arrived back in Dublin, a place in which I spent six years of my life, and saw a seemingly neverending line of anti-choice posters stretching down the quays. They affected me more intensely, more physically, than I had expected them to. I was born in Waterford and loved Dublin when I moved there at 18, but it is difficult to return.
“No” the posters said, meaning vote “no” in Ireland’s referendum on May 25. “No” to repealing the eighth amendment to the constitution, which holds the life of a foetus to be of equal value to the life of its mother. No, they said, again and again, reminding me that Ireland is no place for a woman like me. The shame of it all comes back in a slippery rush.