On the steps of the Tralee Courthouse in Kerry.
Kerry For Choice writes:
Kerry for Choice, in collaboration with Kerry Knicker Collective, placed 12 pumpkins and 56 candles on the Tralee Courthouse steps to highlight the 12 Irish women a day and 56 Kerry women in 2015 who were forced to travel to England to access abortion services.
At this time of year, we light candles and carve pumpkins to keep away the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween in the hope of keeping loved-ones safe from harm. Unfortunately, for every pregnant woman and person who awakes on 1st of November, the spectre of the 8th amendment will not have been dispelled.
They will awake once again to realise they have lost their right to medical consent and the right to control what happens to their bodies.
They will awake to country where medical professionals are not free to offer best practice but must constantly balance the wants and needs of the pregnant person with laws that, they fear, would see them prosecuted for not equating the life of grown adult woman with that of a developing foetus.
They awake to a country that will send them abroad to end pregnancies that they cannot, for whatever reason, continue.
They will awake to a country that instead of allowing these decisions to be made with their own medical providers and support networks, would instead see them made travel, to support the illusion that Ireland is abortion free.