Inside The Battle For Abortion Rights Spilling Out On To Ireland’s Streets

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.

Laura Silver
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.

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“The Time Has Come”: Thousands March To Legalise Abortion In Ireland

“The Time Has Come”: Thousands March To Legalise Abortion In Ireland

“I treated a girl who was so desperate, she performed her own abortion with a coat hanger,” a retired nurse who attended the protest told BuzzFeed News.

posted on Mar. 8, 2017
by Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

DUBLIN – Thousands of people marched through Ireland’s capital on Wednesday evening to demand the government repeals its highly restrictive abortion laws.

The “March4Repeal” was the culmination of a series of actions planned for International Women’s Day to protest against the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, which states that abortion is prohibited except for when a pregnant woman’s life is seen to be at immediate risk.

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A bus is being driven around Ireland to help women have abortions

A bus is being driven around Ireland to help women have abortions

Metro News Reporter for Metro.co.uk
Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 1:39 pm

A group of women are driving a bus around Ireland to help distribute abortion pills.

Under the eighth amendment of Ireland’s constitution, abortion is only legal if a woman’s life is in immediate danger. And using pills to induce miscarriages early in pregnancies is also against the law, as it is in Northern Ireland. Some estimates say 12 women travel to the UK a day for abortions, while three Irish women are said to buy abortion pills online every day.

But campaigners from ROSA (Reproductive rights against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity), are travelling across Ireland to fight for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.

Continued at source: Metro: http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/07/a-bus-is-being-driven-around-ireland-to-help-women-have-abortions-6492965/

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Ireland: ‘Abortion bus’ will be in Cork tonight

‘Abortion bus’ will be in Cork tonight
Monday, March 06, 2017

A BUS providing information on abortion services will be in Cork tonight and tomorrow. It is expected to be met with by both supporters and protestors.

Organised by pro-choice group, Rosa, the visit is part of a campaign against the Eighth Amendment, and coincides with International Women’s Day, which is Wednesday.

The bus will be at Winthrop Street this afternoon from 5pm, having left Dublin earlier today, with a stop in Waterford en route. The bus will stop at University College Cork tomorrow morning, at 9am, before heading to Limerick. The tour will end on Wednesday, back in Dublin, for a major protest calling for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Protestors will gather at the Garden of Remembrance at 5.30pm and march to the Dail.

Continued at source: Evening Echo: http://www.eveningecho.ie/cork-news/abortion-bus-will-cork-tonight/2643340/

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This Bus Is Driving Around Ireland To Help Women Access Safe Abortion

This Bus Is Driving Around Ireland To Help Women Access Safe Abortion

ROSA, a reproductive rights group, wants to distribute information about medical abortions and support those facing crisis pregnancies, ahead of International Women’s Day.
posted on Mar. 6, 2017, at 5:52 a.m.
by Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

IRELAND – A group of women are driving around Ireland to advocate for abortion rights, as many continue to oppose the country’s highly restrictive laws against the procedure.

The eighth amendment of the constitution of Ireland states the right to life of the unborn is equal to that of the woman, meaning that abortion is illegal unless a woman’s life is seen to be in immediate danger.

ROSA (Reproductive rights against Oppression, Sexism, and Austerity) will drive the “Bus4Repeal” between Dublin, Cork, and Galway between 6 and 8 March as part of ongoing campaigns for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.

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