Ireland: 35 years of abortion demos: from Plac and Spuc to ‘Repeal the 8th’

Ahead of Saturday’s pro-choice rallies, a look at some of the most influential protests and counter-protests on abortion

Fri, Sep 23, 2016, Irish Times
Joe Humphreys

As the ‘March for Choice’ rally organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign to take place on Saturday we look back at some of the protests which have taken place on both sides of the argument over the decades.

Pro-life amendment:

December 24th 1981: The Christmas Eve 1981 march organised by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) blew the starting whistle on the campaign for the Eighth Amendment.

The Irish Times reported that “about 2,000 people carrying flowers and lighted candles marched through the streets of Dublin“ demanding the Constitutional provision protecting the right to life of the unborn.

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Source: Irish Times