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This morning.

Former Central Bank HQ, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger (top centre) and members of Rosa (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity), an initiative by women in the Socialist Party, launch this year’s Bus4Repeal.

The Bus 4 Repeal will depart from Dublin on March 6 and will travel to Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

The journey concludes on International Women’s Day on March 8 when the bus joins the #March 4 Repeal and #Strike 4 Repeal. This is the second such bus organised by Rosa.

FIGHT!

Rosa (Facebook)

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53 thoughts on “All Aboard

    1. Rob_G

      I guess the Socialist Workers’ party don’t think that reproductive rights is an important enough an issue to campaign about in and of itself; they need to turn it into some sort of dig at the government.

    2. Daddy

      “why is austerity in the title…”

      Because women who are less well off have less options when it comes to unwanted pregnancy. The private school teen daughter of a banking executive can be hushed off to the UK with a credit card and none of the neighbours will even know and the shame avoided. But a young woman with no financial reserves can find themselves with no choice but to have the baby. And then get sneered at by the people like the parents of the posh kid.

      Money buys you out of a lot of situations.

  1. Rob_G

    What an awkward acronym:

    (for) Reproductive rights, against Oppression, (against) Sexism & (against, I guess?) Austerity

    – not sure what the last one has to do with the last three? Plus, mixing things that they for with things that they are opposed to is a bit confusing.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      An Irish abortion costs at least €1000 when you factor in travel costs, possibly even having to buy a passport, the procedure itself and if your budget stretches to it, an overnight in some grotty “hotel” in Victoria or Earls Court. It’s not free on the NHS to Irish women who don’t have a UK national insurance card, or aren’t registered with a GB based doctor. Once your pregnancy is beyond 9 weeks, the abortion pill isn’t effective so a surgical procedure is necessary.

      If you’re affected by austerity, you may end up being too poor to travel for an abortion, or go to a money lender to get the cash and end up paying extortionate amounts in interest.

      1. Rob_G

        Still seems kind of a stretch… I mean, presumably a government that was really looking to save money would provide abortions for free to anyone who asked, as the cost of providing an abortion be tiny in comparison with paying single parent’s allowance for 16 or 18 years.

        1. Daddy

          Yeah Rob, well done for teasing out the answer you wanted in order to leave your snide little judgmental comment on social class.

        2. Daddy

          Oh and Rob. There’s plenty of nice middle class girls on single parents allowance. And plenty more who head to the UK and never tell a soul.

          1. Rob_G

            I know. And I wasn’t making any point about social class; an abortion costs (I suppose) a few hundred euro. Supporting a child via single parents’ allowance over 18 years costs tens of thousands of euro.

            If even a small percentage of those availing of a termination were to go on single parents due to not being able to access abortion, free abortion for everyone, of every socio-economic background, would pay for itself.

            And if abortion was available in Ireland, a lot of these costs of travelling to England would not apply; I just think the linking the provision of abortion services to austerity is a bit of a red herring.

          2. Clampers Outside!

            “Oh and Rob. There’s plenty of nice middle class girls on single parents allowance. And plenty more who head to the UK and never tell a soul.”

            This only shows Daddy, that you made the ‘judgement’ yourself that you originally accused Rob of….

            LOL !

        1. John Henry Woods

          It’s not free.

          Form the Bus4Repeals gofundme page https://www.gofundme.com/3cbpn7k

          ”Travelling such a distance will cost a lot in petrol, bus hire, driver wages, overnight accommodation, megaphones, posters, leaflets etc. Could you donate to cover a few miles of our journey? €25 towards petrol or €100 to buy a new megaphone would make a huge difference.
          They raised 400 quid so far.
          4 Megaphones. Or a full bus fuel tank.
          What is more important?
          How can these wimmen pay for abortions when the price of megaphones is high?

    2. rotide

      It’s a completely ridiculous and stupid acronym.

      Stick to the ROS by all means but the awkward austerity serves no purpose other than adding this stupid virtue signalling to their name.

      Like, who is actually FOR austerity?

      It’s like those idiots on facebook who try and get you to share pictures of sick children with comments like ‘I KNOW MOST PEOPLE WONT BOTHER BUT IF YOU ARE AGAINST CANCER YOULL LIKE AND SHARE’. Yeah, I’m not going to do that, must make be actually be FOR cancer.

      Jesus wept.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        “Who is actually for austerity?”

        Have you not been paying attention to government policy for the last 8 years?

      2. Rob_G

        Ehm – I’m for austerity…

        ‘Austerity’ is just a loaded term for balancing the budget. I’m not saying that it is very much fun, but between balancing the books, and borrowing to fund current expenditure year after year (until the bond markets lose confidence and you end up in a Greek-type position), I would prefer to grasp the austerity nettle.

  2. Jocky

    The extremely pale faced 20 somethings with red lipstick and large rimmed glasses on twitter will be very happy.

    1. Starina

      keep putting bleach on your face, jocky, by the grace of god you’ll be as beautiful as the women you envy someday.

      1. Jocky

        I’m a natural beauty with good bone structure. I luckily don’t have a dumpy face that needs extreme makeup contouring to look presentable.

  3. Mourning Ireland

    Bus4Tallaght would be more practical. Of course wheel out the REPEAL shtick to draw the heat off Zappone.

    Can we get a transgendered toilets campaign going with REPEE jumpers? How about S/HEPEAL?

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Oh Peter, don’t you know, all us wimmin, with our hormones and our tiny brains and cold black hearts, we just love abortion.

          Just love it.

          Some of us actually get pregnant so we can go through the potential risks, the physical pain and emotional upheaval of an abortion, just for the craic. It’s such fun. You’re missing out, really.

  4. BOBA Fettucine

    The Repeal on the bus goes round and round…

    Would it not make more sense for it to visit Holyhead, Manchester, Liverpool?

    I suspect the Government is more susceptible to international embarrassment than local awareness raising.

    Good luck to ’em either way.

  5. Eamonn Clancy

    It would be a good idea if they actually went around giving out the Pill or information on the coil etc. But I guess that would be just too straight forward?

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Not sure if you’re aware but they do actually cover that in schools.

      Though, generally speaking, they won’t give women the coil til after they’ve had a kid. For some reason.

      Of course they could just continue giving women the information required to make an informed choice, and allow them to decide for themselves.

      Or better yet. The government could grow a fupping backbone and legislate for abortion and put the choice into the hands of women, trusting that they are capable of making their own decisions about their own body.

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