March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

By Sarah Aron and Maya Cohen
October 1, 2017

"Not the church, not the state, women must decide our fate.”

These words rang clear in the air outside the Scottish Parliament on Saturday September 30 as men, women, and children showed their solidarity with the women of Ireland.

This protest was organised by the Scottish Irish Abortion Rights Campaign (SIARC) in support of the 6th annual March for Choice.

Continued at source: http://www.studentnewspaper.org/march-for-choice-edinburgh-shows-solidarity-with-the-women-of-ireland/

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest
March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy, Ciarán D'Arcy

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday calling for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and progressed down O’Connell Street, before turning onto the quays and crossing over the Liffey. From there it proceeded up Pearse Street and towards the rally area in Merrion Square.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-attend-dublin-abortion-rights-protest-1.3239832

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Photos: Thousands take part in March for Choice in Dublin city centre

Sam Boal, rollingnews.ie

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Photos: Thousands take part in March for Choice in Dublin city centre

Meanwhile, the pro-life campaign is holding awareness events at 21 locations across the country.
Sept 30, 2017

THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS have turned out for today’s annual March For Choice by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC).

Continued at source: https://www.thejournal.ie/march-for-choice-repeal-the-eighth-3623708-Sep2017/

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Ireland: 25 annoying things about being pregnant

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25 annoying things about being pregnant

Amnesty International Ireland
Published on Aug 3, 2017

All pregnant women and girls are risk under the 8th Amendment. Watch until the end. Join our campaign: http://bit.ly/itstimecampaign #Repealthe8th #25annoyingthings

Continued at source: Amnesty International Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P55gfs1Xos&feature=youtu.be

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Ireland: Write to Leo!

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Write to Leo!
June 2, 2017

It’s been announced that Leo Varadkar is the new leader of Fine Gael. Pending a Dáil vote, it’s likely he will also be our new Taoiseach. We’ve prepared a letter for our supporters to send to Leo asking him to take the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly seriously and commit to properly reforming abortion law in Ireland. Just copy the text below and send by email to leo.varadkar@oir.ie or by post to Leo Varadkar, T.D., 37A Main Street, Ongar, Dublin 15.

UPDATE: We now have an Irish translation of the letter! See below for more.

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/02/write-to-leo/

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Ireland: Oireachtas committee to ponder changes to abortion ban

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Oireachtas committee to ponder changes to abortion ban
The committee will spend months examining Citizens’ Assembly recommendations
Mon, Apr 3, 2017
Pat Leahy

A special Oireachtas committee is to be established this week to consider possible changes to the constitutional ban on abortion.

The committee will spend several months examining the issue and the recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly, which has been debating the topic since the autumn.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-to-ponder-changes-to-abortion-ban-1.3034669

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Thousands of women go on strike in Ireland in protest at abortion ban

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Thousands of women go on strike in Ireland in protest at abortion ban

Protesters wear black and are encouraged to take the day off work in action to coincide with International Women's Day

by Siobhan Fenton Dublin
Thursday 9 March 2017

Thousands of women have gone on strike in towns and cities across Northern Ireland and the Republic to protest the countries' abortion bans, as part of a day of action organised to coincide with International Women's Day.

Women wore all black and were encouraged to take the day off work as well as refraining from performing emotional labour, unpaid gendered expectations placed on women.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/abortion-ban-ireland-dublin-protest-strike-international-womens-day-a7621621.html

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Ireland: ‘Abortion bus’ will be in Cork tonight

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‘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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Irish returning for Christmas will make abortion views heard with #choice4xmas

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IrishCentral Staff
December 20, 2016, Irish Central

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has launched an airport ‘check-in at Christmas’ campaign, with the hashtag #choice4xmas. The newly formed group, the UK-based branch of the Irish movement to make abortion free, safe and legal, has launched a mass social media ‘check-in’ for Irish expats going home for Christmas. Their aim is everyone traveling to Ireland for the holiday can support for women traveling in the other direction, by ‘checking in’ on social media at ferry and airports and using the hashtag #choice4xmas.

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Source: Irish Central

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Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly Submission (a woman’s abortion story)

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Posted on December 16, 2016 by feministire

There are over 4,500 submissions to the Citizens’ Assembly. I am worried my story, my voice will be lost in the mass. I want to be heard; I want to be valued. I want to #repealthe8th

I am writing to tell you my story as an Irish woman living in Ireland who needed an abortion. I would like to attach my name to this as I am not ashamed; however I am now a mother to 2 small daughters and I cannot afford the risk to my family of the potential jail sentence for having needed an abortion in Ireland using the abortion pill.

It was 2010. I was 26 and studying for my Masters. I’d gone back to college when the recession hit to reskill. I was in a quite new relationship with a man I’d known for some time and had been seeing off and on for a while, and finally both of us were living in the same place and we began going out seriously. He was working in a call centre. Those jobs have no security and don’t pay well. He worked with a man who was fired for being less than 5 minutes late 3 times in 2 months – at the start of those 2 months he’d just become a father.

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Source: Feminist Ire

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