A protest is taking place outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin at 6pm, following the arrest and prosecution of a 21-year-old woman in Northern Ireland, under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.
She’s facing life imprisonment for taking abortion pills.
The Abortion Rights Campaign writes:
“We condemn the arrest and prosecution of a 21-year-old woman in County Down who has been accused of using poison to procure abortion. Both Mifepristone and Misoprostol are on the World Health Organisation’s list of essential drugs; these drugs are not poison. These are the same drugs used for medical abortions in the rest of the UK. If this woman lived in England instead of Northern Ireland she would have been prescribed this medication on the NHS. Mifepristone and Misoprostol are also routinely used for miscarriage management.”
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Thanks Vicky Conway