Bring on the Irish abortion referendum


Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

Ella Whelan
assistant editor

This is our chance to make the positive case for women’s rights.

16 June 2017

In his first day in office as the new Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year.

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was added following a referendum on abortion rights in 1983, ensures the right to life of the unborn. This means that a woman’s life and rights are equated with that of an embryo. Irish women cannot access abortion services, even in the event of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. They are forced to buy medicine illegally online, or travel to the UK at their own expense to access abortion services there.

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Ireland: Abortion movement has been hijacked by the middle class


Abortion movement has been hijacked by the middle class
The Repeal campaign should be challenging political and economic inequalities
May 1, 2017
Kitty Holland

There was a poster in our house in 1983, used in the campaign that year against the proposed Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. I was 11 and thought it was beautiful.

It was a charcoal drawing of a young woman, her head in her hands in apparent despair. An infant at her feet, crying, tugs at her skirt. The slogan beneath read: “It’s life that needs amending. Not the Constitution.”

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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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Why Irish People NEED to Strike 4 Repeal


Why Irish People NEED to Strike 4 Repeal

Published on Mar 2, 2017

Ireland is currently the only country in the democratic world with a constitutional ban on abortion. Repeal The 8th is the fight for free, safe and legal access to abortion for all pregnant people in Ireland.

Strike 4 Repeal will take place nationwide on International Women’s Day, NEXT WEDNESDAY, March 8th, to demand a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. Many solidarity strikes and other actions for this and women’s rights causes will happen on this day as women of the world unite for equality.

In Ireland, we will Strike4Repeal.

This solidarity video shows the facts on why it’s VITAL we strike. WE WON'T WAIT.

To find out how you can participate in this movement and stand up for women’s rights around the world visit:

Abortion Rights Campaign:
Strike 4 Repeal:
Repeal Global:

Song: I Can't Keep Quiet. By MILCK & The GW Sirens (Recorded live at the Women's March on Washington)

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Repeal, Defund, or Legalize: The Fight for Abortion in Ireland and the United States


Repeal, Defund, or Legalize: The Fight for Abortion in Ireland and the United States
by Tijana Mitrovic
February 16, 2017

Abortion remains a controversial topic in the West regardless of whether it is legal or not. While the United States Supreme Court Case Roe v Wade (1973) declared state laws banning or restricting first trimester abortions unconstitutional in the United States, in Ireland almost all cases of abortion have been constitutionally illegal since 1983.

While abortion was already illegal in Ireland before 1983, it was this year that a voter referendum enacted the Eighth Amendment which “gave ‘the right to life of the unborn’ equal status to ‘the right to life of the mother’ under the Constitution”. However, the labelling of abortion as a crime apparently enshrined in the constitution has not made the topic any less controversial, nor has it halted criticism from the domestic population or international sources.

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Ireland Grapples with the Thorny Issue of Repealing an Abortion Ban


Jennifer Duggan / Dublin, Ireland @jenniduggan

October 27, 2016

A young, secular population helped pass same-sex marriage in Ireland last year and wants abortion restrictions overturned — but the fight is proving bitterly divisive

Ninety-nine Irish citizens from across the country travelled to the center of Dublin on a recent Saturday to begin an unusual exercise in democracy. Known as the Citizens’ Assembly, the randomly selected group has been tasked with discussing and making recommendations on one of the country’s most contentious and politically and socially divisive issues — its restrictive abortion laws.

Sitting in rows amid gold columns in the royal blue grandeur of the hall where Ireland’s presidents are inaugurated, they were thanked by Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Enda Kenny for their “civic generosity and courage” for taking part in the forum that will consider a matter “deeply complex, hugely challenging and profoundly ethical.”

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Abortion In Ireland: Repeal The 8th Amendment


By Róisín Ingle

15 Sep 2016, Grazia Daily

Abortion is illegal in Ireland - but now, thanks to an increasing army of protestors fighting to repeal the 8th amendment (the law that makes it criminal) the Irish government is considering a referendum.

Róisín Ingle, senior editor of The Irish Times, who herself travelled to England to have an abortion, reports on this critical moment.

Every Saturday, for fifteen years, readers of The Irish Times were subjected to my particular brand of professional oversharing in a weekly lifestyle column. From cringe-making relationship blunders to mortifying tights-related malfunctions, I left no personal milestone unshared. And yet there was one revelation I stopped myself from divulging time and time again: when I was in my late twenties, I had an abortion.

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Source: Grazia Daily

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Ireland: #TwoWomenTravel – Live-tweeting an abortion

@twowomentravel Boarding, it's chilly. #endakendyTD


By BBC Trending, What's popular and why

22 August 2016

The description on their Twitter bio was simple: "Two Women, one procedure, 48 hours away from home." But more than 40,000 tweets about their journey revealed a conversation that was far more complex.

The Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel was set up on Saturday by a pregnant Irish woman and her companion. It documented their journey from Ireland to the UK for an abortion.

Abortion is illegal in Ireland, except if the mother's life is at risk. According to the United Kingdom's Department of Health more than 165,000 women travelled to the UK from Ireland for a termination of pregnancy between 1980 and 2015.

In the case of "Two Women Travel" their journey began in the early hours of this past Saturday morning.
Image copyright Twitter/Two Women Travel

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Source: BBC

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