Pro-Choice And Live In Dublin?

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Tonight.

Dublin City Council will vote on a motion calling for the repeal of the 8th Amendment, in a motion proposed by Anti-Austerity Alliance Councillor Michael O’Brien.

Further to this, the Abortion Rights Campaign writes:

ARC is asking you today to write/email/ring/text your local Councillors urging them to support this motion to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th.

A sample email is below, though we encourage you to personalize your message and include your address so that your Councillor knows they are hearing from a local constituent.

Dear Councillor ______________, I’m writing to urge you to vote in support of the motion proposed to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. Though the motion is non-binding, it is an important statement of consensus from our capital city. The 8th Amendment poses a direct risk to the health and lives of women and girls in Ireland and must be repealed as a matter of urgency. One opinion poll after another shows that the Irish people are calling for a referendum to repeal the 8th. We are asking you to represent our voices at the council meeting tonight. Regards,

Find a list of Dublin councillors here

Call to action: contact your councillor (ARC)

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28 thoughts on “Pro-Choice And Live In Dublin?

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Good luck to them. I hope it passes, even though it doesn’t make a difference to that awful amendment. Twelve women will still travel to have an abortion. Pregnant women and girls will have their lives and health put in jeopardy because legally they’re seen as no more than a container for a baby.

  2. Dόn Pídgéόní

    Nice one, will be interesting to see if it passes. Anyone have any ideas about how likely it will be given the current councilors?

    1. Rob_G

      SF control the council, so not very likely (they are very luke-warm on any changes to Ireland’s abortion laws).

      1. Neilo

        I’ll support the motion if Cllr O’Brien – in the Marty McFly stylee – travels back in time to the night that his mum and dad met in Zhivago. The rest writes itself.

      2. Neilo

        If you don’t like SF’s position on water charges/marriage equality/murdering widows, they’ll have a new one for you in a minute. OK, not on murdering widows: they are still all in on the ‘bang bang, killy killy’. And the paedo hiding. And the racketeering. And the smuggling. And the bank robbing. I’m not Enda Kenny and I approve this message.

  3. Dale Winton

    Its my understanding that the motion has been postponed till next month.

    so maybe wait till next month, instead of sending it twice?

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          I meant more why not let them know you are serious about it and not going to let them off thinking that a delay meant they could ignore you. But thanks Dale.

  4. North but South

    Admirable but they are only concillors, this is an issue that TDs need to amend. Dublin City Council would be better of if they concentrated on the housing crisis.

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      True but every bit of pressure or indication that this is what people want helps doesn’t it?

      1. Wayne.F

        Its does nothing but waste council time, time that should be focused on the issues they are empowered to deal with! This is just pre election showboating from councilors looking to get their name in lights

          1. Dόn Pídgéόní

            And the fact that they help provide housing or other services for families doesn’t have anything to do with reproduction at all?

          2. Rob_G

            In the most abstract and indirect way, I suppose it does. Sure they might as well vote on the United States Senate budget appropriations for NASA while they are at it then, so.

  5. Neilo

    The marriage equality result was a big step for the Irish electorate. More availability of abortion might be a stretch at the minute but I agree that the current legislative framework is most unsatisfactory.

    1. Lorcan Nagle

      There’s overwhelming support for an easing of the restrictions on abortion, if even just to legality in the cases of rape, incest and threats to the health (but not life) of the mother. The approval goes down as more permissive options are broached, but there’s definitely a hunger for change.

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