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Greet the Abortion Pill Bus

Demand a Referendum to Repeal the 8th The inspiring 10,000+ strong March for Choice on 28 September made a very clear statement – we can’t wait, repeal the 8th! There is widespread support for the lifting of Ireland’s dangerous and discriminatory constitutional abortion ban. The Irish Examiner reported that 64% of farmers are now in favour of repealing the 8th amendment. A previous Amnesty International poll indicated that 81% of the population are in favour of a widening of abortion availability, requiring a referendum. Hypocrisy of the political establishment Over 16,000 women have had to …

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Resounding YES to LGBTQ Rights – Next Step – Repeal the 8th

by Laura Fitzgerald As well as a blow to homophobia and a hugely positive recognition of LGBTQ lives, the inspiring and decisive marriage equality referendum victory is a robust boost to the fight for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment as a mobilised and politically engaged section of LGBT people, women, the working class and young people that were a central impetus behind the resounding Yes victory, seek to continue the fight for equality and progress. Speaking on 25 May, Ruth Coppinger TD branded Labour’s attempt to cash in on the referendum result by …

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ROSA protest at Labour Party HQ Thursday 30th April

 Labour – 3 Strikes & you’re out! Repeal the 8th now! Rita Harrold ROSA activist said “We are protesting at Labour’s head office today to call on them not to turn their backs on women for a third time and to support the Bill next week to repeal the 8th Amendment. Labour have official policy to repeal this medieval Amendment, so how could they possibly justify voting down this Bill?” “Our banner says ‘Don’t send women packing’, because that’s effectively what Labour will be doing if it continues to hypocritically dodge this issue in the lifetime of …

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Build a movement for Women’s Reproductive Rights

In February Purvi Patel, an Indiana resident, became the first woman in the US to be convicted of “feticide;” and on March 30 she was sentenced to 41 years in prison (she will serve 20) essentially for the “crime” of having induced an abortion. Bizarrely, Patel was also convicted of felony neglect of a child and the prosecution has offered no convincing explanation for these seemingly contradictory charges. This case marks a frightening precedent, which, as a New York Times headline warned, could “just be the beginning” of a dangerous legal trend aimed at criminalizing …

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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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