Addressing stigma while moving a national campaign: Spotlight on Ireland

Addressing stigma while moving a national campaign: Spotlight on Ireland

Posted May 28, 2019
by inroads Comms, with Linda Kavanagh and the Abortion Right's Campaign

The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC), played a very key role in the Repealing of the 8th Amendment and continues to be a key voice in grassroots activism and higher level policy advocacy for free, safe and legal abortions in the Republic of Ireland. At the same time, global solidarity has always been important for participants of the campaign in Ireland, and, due to shared common beliefs, many ARC members are also members of inroads. In fact, Katie Gillum, the inroads Executive Director, began her activism for abortion rights and access while serving as Co-Convenor to the ARC. The ARC is unique in that it practices non-hierarchical organization at all moments and therefore intrigues us to learn more.

In this piece, Linda Kavanagh, member of inroads, and other members of the ARC in the Republic of Ireland tell us more about the realities of their activism for abortion rights right now.

What will it take to totally humanize and normalize abortions in Ireland even post the victory to Repeal the 8th Amendment?

At our 2018 March for Choice, post-referendum but before services had been implemented, we took to the streets in our thousands to say our work is not done. Our then co-convener Denise O’Toole declared to the crowd we are here for “abortion on demand and without apology!”.

Continued: http://makeinroads.org/making-inroads/2019/May/inroads-members-in-national-campaigns-talk-stigma-spotlight-on-ireland

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Abortion: Dublin’s annual ‘March for Choice’ to take place today

Abortion: Dublin's annual 'March for Choice' to take place today

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) is staging its annual 'March for Choice' in Dublin this afternoon.

Supporters will gather at the Garden of Remembrance at 1.30pm before marching through the city under the theme 'Free, Safe and Legal'.

The march will be the first since Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-dublins-annual-march-for-choice-to-take-place-today-872365.html

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Thousands join march for all-Ireland abortion services

Thousands join march for all-Ireland abortion services

September 29, 2018
Press Association 2018

Thousands of people have taken part in a pro-choice march calling for the swift implementation of abortion services in Ireland.

There was celebratory tone to the annual March for Choice as demonstrators made their way through Dublin’s main thoroughfares on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first march since the electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising Ireland’s strict abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16950596.thousands-join-march-for-all-ireland-abortion-services/

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Ireland – Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation

Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation
Over 1,500 Irish women have accessed terminations since referendum, Minister says

Sat, Sep 29, 2018
Colm Keena

All members of the Oireachas regardless of their personal views should engage constructively with the abortion legislation that is to be introduced this Thursday, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said.

“Women have waited far too long already,” he said to reporters in Dublin at the outset of the seventh annual “march for choice”, which was attended by approximately 2,000 people, the majority of whom were young women.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/thousands-attend-march-for-choice-as-harris-calls-for-tds-to-get-on-with-abortion-legislation-1.3646284

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March demanding abortion legislation planned in Dublin

March demanding abortion legislation planned in Dublin
Event to act as ‘reminder’ to Government that ‘nothing on the ground has changed’

Fri, Sep 28, 2018
Kitty Holland Social Affairs Correspondent

The degree to which legislation guaranteeing free, safe and legal abortion services is successfully enacted and implemented in coming months, will decide whether a “March for Choice” is needed next year, the Abortion Rights Campaign has said.

Sarah Monaghan, spokeswoman for the campaign, was speaking in advance of Saturday’s march in Dublin – the first since the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed in May.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/march-demanding-abortion-legislation-planned-in-dublin-1.3645185

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Ireland – Abortion Rights Campaign to host seventh annual March for Choice later this month

Abortion Rights Campaign to host seventh annual March for Choice later this month
The march is set to highlight the fact that no legislation has been put in place since the referendum was repealed.

Kate Demolder
Sep 24, 2018

The seventh Annual March for Choice – organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) – will take place in Dublin later this month, to highlight the fact that "nothing has changed" since the referendum on abortion was repealed back in May.

The march, taking place on Saturday 29 September, will see thousands take to the street to celebrate "recent victories and to ensure that no one is left behind as we move forward."

Continued: https://www.joe.ie/news/march-choice-september-641777

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Ireland – Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 24 2018

Resources for abortion services, including improved ultrasound scan services in maternity hospitals, will be included in this year’s budget, The Times understands.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will join on Saturday a March for Choice, the first since the referendum in May, when voters supported an end to the ban.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-harris-includes-new-funds-for-abortion-bill-to-meet-its-pledges-n6kctwq2d

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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Ireland: Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

02 October 2017

Reporting restrictions imposed on broadcast stations during referendums should be adopted for the online world due to the “horrible” nature of “keyboard warrior” attacks during the early stages of the pro-choice and pro-life Eighth Amendment campaigns, writes Fiachra O’Cionnaith.

Labour TD Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said Government should consider the move in a bid to limit the potential damage caused by the most extreme elements of both campaigns during the debate on the issue over the coming months.

Continued at source: http://www.beat102103.com/news/restrict-keyboard-warriors-abortion-debate/

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How Dublin’s March for Choice was reported around the world

How Dublin's March for Choice was reported around the world
Reuters, the New York Times and French newspaper Le Monde covered the demonstration.
Oct 1, 2017

WHAT DID THE world’s media make of Ireland’s pro-choice march yesterday?

When Leo Varadkar was ordained as Taoiseach in June, we saw Ireland repeatedly referred to in foreign news outlets as an insular, conservative, Catholic nation.

After the success of the Yes Equality campaign, and with an ethnically diverse, young, gay man chosen as Ireland’s political leader (albeit not by the electorate), that world view of Ireland could be in the process of shifting.

Continued at source: http://www.thejournal.ie/march-for-choice-international-media-3624566-Oct2017/

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