Royal Canal (6th Lock), Dublin 7
Ultan Mashup writes:
Repeal + Palestinian Flag flying…
— Harry Burton (@HBtoons) April 24, 2018
Spotted outside Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien’s constituency office on Shandon Street in Cork city.
Via Rob Gardner
Thanks James M Chimney
H/t Kenny Von U-Vox Plank
Earlier: Leaving Cert Dreams
From top: Keep x Ad-Rock Ramos: Adam Horowitz
Adam Horowitz, a.k.a. Beastie Boy DJ Ad-Rock is launching his own line of runners early next year.
No shock announcement from a big music personality, until you read the blurb:
Made with nylon cordura — a vegan water-resistant material — the “Keep x Ad-Rock Ramos” shoes feature a midtop design, vegan shearling lining, synthetic down stuffing, and are embroidered with Ad-Rock’s name in magenta.
All profits made from the sneaker will be donated to health care organization Planned Parenthood.
“Net proceeds of this shoe will be donated to Planned Parenthood because I support a woman’s right to choose, and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies,” Ad Rock says.
Available for pre-order for $97.
Perfect to accompany your REPEAL jumper.
Scenes from today’s Women Rising rally in Dublin, arranged by Coalition to Repeal the 8th, taken by Mark Stedman.
The rally was organised to demand that the Irish Government take action to respect and protect women’s lives, health and choices. Supporters were encouraged to wear black and tweet their support using #Black4Repeal.
The rally is one of two Irish events that took place today as part of an international day of support for women in countries where abortion is banned or difficult to access. Some of the countries participating around the world include Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Poland, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Italy.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappavanar.
Miscarrying and denied a termination for medical reasons on grounds of legality, Savita’s requests to Galway Maternity Hospital were met with the now-infamous refrain of “this is a Catholic country”.
The following four years saw initial outrage at her treatment solidify into a sustained pro-choice movement, mobilising and campaigning with increasing visibility for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
Savita Halappanavar died on this day 4 years ago in Galway University Hospital. She died in suffering and in pain, because she was pregnant, having been denied basic medical care she and her husband Praveen repeatedly requested.
She died because abortion is illegal in nearly all circumstances in Ireland and even now remains so; but she also died because she was a pregnant migrant woman and a woman of colour in Ireland. Migrant women are twice as likely to die in pregnancy in Ireland as women born in Ireland and the UK.
Nora Hyland, Bimbo Onanuga, and Dhara Kivlehan are all names of migrant women who’ve died in or after pregnancy in recent years in Irish maternity hospitals who should be alive now with their children. Only a few months ago Malak Thawley died in an operating theatre of the NMH after basic surgical equipment “could not be found” to stop her bleeding to death.
Our maternity service is not a sufficiently safe place for migrant women, Traveller women, and women of colour; the denial of access to abortion in it only renders it more so, as demonstrated most recently and horrendously with the barbarities the Irish state perpetrated upon Ms Y.
I remember #Savita and I remember the tears I cried for her on hearing how she was left to die unnecessarily. I remember Bimbo and how she was told she was exaggerating the pain which was a symptom of the uterine rupture she later died of, and how it took her partner and AIMS Ireland THREE YEARS of fighting to even get an inquest opened into her death.
I remember Nora Hyland and how she died of a massive cardiac event after waiting over 40 minutes for a blood transfusion that never came, and with three times the recommended dose of Syntometrine in her body, a component of which is known to have adverse cardiac effects.
I remember Dhara Kivlehan and how her doctor told her husband as she went undiagnosed of a fatal liver disorder that it was harder to diagnose Indian people with jaundice, a key indicator of liver failure.
I remember all these women, their partners, and their families and how they were not only mistreated appallingly by the Irish maternity system in life, not permitted as pregnant women to have the final say on their own bodies because of the existence of the 8th amendment, and how further indignity and injury was heaped upon their grieving families by the Irish state and maternity hospitals in refusing to address properly the causes of their death, apologise for them or treat their partners with the respect they deserved.
I remember and I fight for change that sometimes seems as though it will never come, especially on days like today where the darkness closes in early and the memory of the horror and outrage and grief of 4 years ago weighs heavily on me. But I do fight.
Solidarity and love to those of you who fight with me, those of you who’ve fought for years and decades longer than me, and those of you who’ve seen more suffering caused by Irish law and Irish maternity hospitals than I can imagine. We will remember and we will bring about change.
I said this last year, and the year before; I say it again this year, and will every year until everyone in Ireland with a womb owns their own body.
At 1.09 am, 4 years ago, Savita Halappananvar died in Galway University Hospital, 6 days after she had been refused a termination https://t.co/wdNmQ6y4kd
— Kitty Holland (@KittyHollandIT) October 28, 2016
To mark this very sad anniversary there’s a vigil at 6pm at the Spanish Arch how I’d love that things have changed, but we fight on #Savita
— ShrillSister Siobhán (@WellNowUniverse) October 28, 2016
— ReBOOcah (@RebeccahLouise) October 28, 2016
A candlelit vigil for Savita will happen at the Spanish Arch in Galway at 6pm this evening.
Scenes from the floor of the Dáil, discussing the AAA-PBP bill on repealing the eighth amendment.
People Before Profit and Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs Brid Smith, Ruth Coppinger, Richard Boyd Barrett and Paul Murphy outside Leinster House yesterday in support of the AAA-PBP repeal bill (top)
Ahead of the debate on the AAA-PBP private members’ bill to repeal the 8th amendment this evening from 8pm, and a rally outside Leinster House at 5.30pm in relation to the same…
The Government has agreed to reject it, and it has released the following statement…
There are differing views within the Government on the substantive issue of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution.
The Government is moving this Reasoned Amendment because this Bill pre-empts the work of the Citizens’ Assembly, the agreed, independent process set out in the Programme for Partnership Government for dealing with this issue and approved by both the Dáil and Seanad.
The Citizens’ Assembly is currently deliberating on the 8th Amendment as its first topic and is expected to deliver its Report on the issue in the first half of 2017.
The Government will then immediately refer the Report to a Special Oireachtas Committee which will be asked to respond to the deliberations and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly within six months.
The Government will today ask the Business Committee to set in train the preparatory work necessary for the establishment of this Committee, including its structure and work programme, in order that the Committee will be in a position to commence its work without delay once the Citizens’ Assembly delivers its Report on the 8th Amendment.
The Government will not adopt a collective policy position for the Committee deliberations and all Government deputies will be free to promote their own policy objectives during that process.
The Government has agreed that, when a decision is being made in the Dáil on the outcome of the Citizens’ Assembly and Special Oireachtas Committee processes, all members of the Government, and all deputies supporting the Government, will exercise their votes freely in accordance with their consciences.
Fine Gael also acknowledges, more generally, that its Independent colleagues in Government are not subject to a party whip and that, on matters which are not addressed either in the Programme for Partnership Government or by decisions of Cabinet, they will continue to exercise a free vote.
“Delete the words after “That” and substitute the following:
“Dáil Éireann declines to give the Bill a second reading in order that the Citizens’ Assembly, established by Resolutions of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, may conclude its deliberations on the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, which is the subject matter of this Bill, and report to the Oireachtas in the first half of 2017.”
Via Merrion Street
Previously: Free Tomorrow?
From the Labour Party.
Scenes outside Leinster House where AAA/PBP TD Ruth Coppinger (pic 7) and Nine month pregnant Helen Guinane (pic 5) of AIMS [Association For Improvement Of Maternity Services) call for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
Eoin O’Faogáin, writing in the Bogman’s Cannon, addresses the experiences of three generations of women in his family in relation to the church and women’s rights in Ireland.
On Saturday, over 25 thousand people across every imaginable demographic came out in Dublin to march for the right to bodily autonomy. They came out demand an end to a legislative legacy that deems 50% of our citizens as second-class and exports 4,000 women a year across the sea. They came out to reject the continued narrative of shame that exists around abortion. They came out to drag us into the 21st century.
The desperation in the tone of voice of the Catholic Church and its coalition of martyrs is obvious. It reached farcical levels during last year’s marriage equality campaign and continues today in the debate around the 8th amendment. A video published over the weekend makes direct comparisons between women accessing abortion and Hitler.
The arguments coming from the Sherlocks, the “Pro-Life” Campaign, IONA and Youth Defence are increasingly erratic. But of course they are.
These are institutions who have been afforded a lifetime of silent obedience. In that context, how frightening it must be to see public opinion turn away from you so sharply, so profoundly. How frightening it must be that people have found the courage to share their lived experiences and refuse to be shamed.
Repeal the Faith
Photo: Ellen Russell