A pro-choice information open evening in Ennis, County Clare…
Eilis Murphy writes:
The President of the Washington-based Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien, said he believes Irish Catholics stand by women and trust them to be moral agents of their own lives.
Mr O’Brien, originally from Dublin, will be the keynote speaker at an open information evening which will launch Abortion Rights Campaign Clare’s campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment
Also speaking will be Jenni Owen-Thomas of Parents for Choice in Pregnancy and Childbirth, about how the 8th Amendment affects parents and families in Ireland.
Suzanne Leen and Michelle May from AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) will give a joint presentation about the adverse effects of the 8th Amendment on maternity services in Ireland….
Abortion Rights Clare information open meeting at 7pm on Monday, February 19 at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis., Country Clare.
Members of ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) claiming that 6 out of 10 people in Ireland are now Pro Choice after the latest Red C/Amnesty Poll showed 60% of people now support allowing access to abortion on request until at least 12 weeks in pregnancy.
ROSA – Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity – launches the Bread & Roses Festival with a table quiz TONIGHT at 7pm in Sin É. 15 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin at 7pm.
Keishia Taylor writes:
Funds raised will support the Bread & Roses Festival, a key event in preparation for the upcoming referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment.
Bread & Roses Festival, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September, is a feminist-socialist gathering with discussions on how to win abortion rights and the separation of church and state, and workshops on topics such as gender-based violence, LGBTQ oppression and sex education in schools.
Table quiz will take place on 7pm (Admission €5/€10 per person, teams of 4).
11 women a day travel from Ireland to the UK to access termination services because the 8th amendment renders abortion unconstitutional in Ireland.
That’s 11 women who have to pay for tickets for ferries or planes, as well as the hefty cost of food, internal transport and possibly hotels. It’s a fortune, especially for someone who doesn’t have it.
This is one yoga class held to help those women. You don’t have to be a gymnast (you don’t even have to touch your toes)- this is about getting bums on mats to help women who have been abandoned by the Irish state.
Tickets are £12. All proceeds go directly to the Abortion Support Network, a charity which helps woman cover the cost of travel when travelling to access an abortion.
Yoga for Choice at The Tram Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road , E5 8BQ on Saturday (August 19) at 10am.
People Before profit TD Brid Smith joined pro choice activists to launch her bill to reduce the punishment for women who procure abortions and doctors who assist them from 14 years to a fine of up to €1
Ms Smith said:
“I think I am right in saying that the vast majority of people in this country are not aware that if you procure an abortion in this country or help to procure an abortion you could face up to 14 years in prison.We think this is utterly draconian and barbaric,”
The bill well be debated in the dáil next week
Top from left: Annie Hoey (President USI), Kitty O Kane (Derry Alliance for Choice), Ailbhe Smyth (Coalition to Repeal 8th Amendment) Brid Smith TD, Emma Hendrick ( Pro Choice Campaigner) Rita Harrold (ROSA).
From left: Queen Mary’s University last night: Speakers from left Ailbhe Smyth, Dr Leah Desmond, Fiona de Londres, Emma Campbell and Ann Furedi
Queen Mary’s University, London.
More than 300 people attended an event to to support the campaign to make abortion legal in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Laura O’Neill, of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, writes
We heard from several speakers, who detailed a number of legal cases, including the prosecution of a woman for helping her 15-year-old daughter access abortion pills online.
A Belfast Court has granted leave for a judicial review, but if convicted the mother faces up to 10 years in prison.
Details of the case drew gasps from the audience, which was mainly made up of Irish ex-pats:
Emma Campbell from the Alliance for Choice told the crowd that the current laws are especially unfair on poorer women, who cannot afford to travel for an abortion.
Ann Furedi from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, an organisation which helps women access abortion, echoed her sentiments.
“We stand with our sisters in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Women in Ireland need abortion for the same reasons as women in Britain.”
She called for the law in Northern Ireland to be brought in line with the rest of the UK “so women living in Newcastle, County Down have the same access as women in Newcastle on Tyne”.
Ailbhe Smyth from the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment based in the Republic of Ireland said she was heartened by the “huge crowd” who attended.
She told the audience that she believed a constitutional referendum on the Eighth Amendment would take place in the Republic within the next 18 months.
“The ban against abortion is dangerous and fatal in some cases. It’s great to see a social movement around this. I believe this is a fight we can win,” she added.
Ms Smyth also expressed concerns over the implications that Brexit could have on the 3,600 women, who are forced to leave Ireland to access abortion services every year.
“What will happen to these women if border or immigration controls come in? We simply don’t know if women will be able to travel freely. Media reports suggest that this vitally important issue wasn’t discussed when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny met British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in Dublin last Monday….
The Eighth Amendment is a profound source of discrimination and national shame for Ireland and we are calling on our young Irish diaspora to support its repeal. These are young women and men who want – and expect – to return to an Ireland that is just, committed to equality, and where women have the right to make our own reproductive decisions.”