The fight for abortion rights in Ireland is an international cause

As part of the ‘Repeal the 8th’ movement, Concordia professor Susan Cahill invites you to a pro-choice picnic this Saturday
Posted on September 23, 2016, Concordia University

By: Susan Cahill

This Saturday, in 23 cities — from Montreal to Melbourne, Nepal to the Netherlands — Irish emigrants and international allies will be taking part in a Global Gathering for reproductive rights in solidarity with Dublin’s March for Choice.

I will be picnicking for choice in Montreal, beginning at 10 a.m. in Jeanne-Mance Park, and so should you!

Why? At a time when reproductive rights are being clawed back around the world, when Donald Trump promises to ban abortion across the United States, it is especially important to stand up for choice, to stand with women — and anyone who needs an abortion — and raise your voices in support of change.

Ireland is the only country in the democratic world to have a constitutional ban on abortion. The country’s Eighth Amendment equates a woman’s life with that of a fetus. So when you hear Irish people calling to “Repeal the 8th,” that’s what they’re talking about.

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