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Labour & Sinn Fein deny women the right to choose

Aprille Scully The backward and rotten political establishment in this country was exposed with the rejection of an opposition bill on Fatal Foetal Abnormalities (FFA) on 10 February of this year. The legislation, which would allow women to seek terminations of pregnancy in cases in which the foetus has no chance of survival, was defeated by 104 votes to 20. This vote stands in stark contrast to public opinion – a Sunday Times poll saw 80% of people supporting abortion in the circumstances outlined in the bill. Sinn Féin – a self-proclaimed ‘left force’ – abstained from …

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International Women’s Day 2015 – For a global challenge to the capitalist system of oppression and inequality

  Lea Valance Restrictive Abortion laws & lack of reproductive rights Approximately 25% of the world’s population lives in a country where abortion is restricted and is only allowed when it poses a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. In Europe, Ireland and Malta are the most restrictive, on par with countries like Chile, Brazil and El Salvador in Latin America, Angola, Somalia and Nigeria in Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen in the Middle East and Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines in Asia to cite but a few. In total, 66 Countries have …

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Interview with Laura Fitzgerald from ROSA by Jeanine Thuemmig, German left and women’s movement activist with Socialist Alternative

Laura, you and other women in the Socialist Party established ROSA (for Reproductive rights against Opression, Sexism and Austerity) two years ago, as an anti-capitalist initiative to fight women’s oppression. ROSA is at the forefront of the struggle in Ireland to repeal the 8th amendment which is a constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland. ROSA also established a campaign last year called “Repeal the 8th in May 2015” with a view to increasing pressure on the Labour Party in particular, who are part of a coalition government, for a referendum (necessary to change the constitution …

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Review:‘Eleanor Marx – a life’

Clare Doyle reviews ’Eleanor Marx – A Life’ by Rachel Holmes Eleanor Marx was an extraordinary woman – youngest daughter of an extraordinary man, Karl Marx, and of Jenny, his lifelong partner through revolution and counter-revolution. Many socialists know of Eleanor’s tremendous role in the preparation and publication of Marx’s great work, Das Kapital, completing the task with Marx’s close friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels. We are also familiar with her involvement in building mass working class organisations in Britain at the end of the 19th century, in the great strikes of that period and …

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