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Abortion in Spain: A political issue?

By Stephanie Rary Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the Spanish state protesting against new legislation governing abortion that represents a huge step backwards for women. Before 2010, Spain was part of a handful of countries in Europe where abortion was not recognised as a basic right. This changed with legalisation passed under the government of Zapatero. That law provided for the right for a woman to access an abortion up to 14 weeks, or up to 22 weeks, if the mother’s health was at risk or the foetus showed signs of …

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Press Release Rally for International Women’s Day Central Bank, 1pm, Saturday, March 8

  EU survey exposes extent of gender violence One in three women experienced physical / sexual abuse since 15 In  a week in which the depth of gender-based violence within the European Union has been exposed, a range of groups, including the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Abortion Rights Campaign, Action for Choice and ROSA  will gather tomorrow (March 8 – International Women’s Day) at 1pm at the Central Bank, on Dame Street to restate our opposition to violence against women. Laura Fitzgerald, ROSA, said: “This largest ever study on violence against women …

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Why I’ll be protesting on 8 March for International Women’s Day

By Carah Daniel As a teenage girl growing up in our society I’ve noticed the strong role that sexism plays. I want to stand up against sexism and for gender equality. I want to help see an end to violence against women and rape culture and have women be given the right to choose when it comes to abortion. Something I feel strongly about is rape culture and how disgusting it is. 1/4 women are raped in their life time and 60% of rapes aren’t reported to the police. This is really disturbing and one …

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Among other things I am a mother and I will take part in the protest on International women’s day:

–          Because I gave birth to my child in an extremely understaffed maternity hospital, where the workers -who were conscientious and caring- were underpaid and overworked –          Because when I was pregnant I heard lots of people telling me how they care about the life of the ‘unborn’ but none of them was outside a maternity hospital of the Ministry for Health protesting against the cuts that have severely affected Maternity units and Children’s hospitals, who lack specialists and need to rely significantly more on charity to maintain their services –          Because I am tired of …

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I’ll be protesting on March 8th – for abortion rights in Ireland, Spain and worldwide

By Marta Callava-Linares On Saturday the 8th March, I we will be marching for International Women’s Day, not only to support a woman’s right to choose, but out of solidarity with all the Irish people who are disgusted about the weakness of the legislation passed last year, a half-crafted solution that fails to address women’s reproductive issues and that doesn’t reflect the popular sentiment towards women’s right to choose. I come from Spain, where, after many years of dictatorial oppression, we achieved abortion rights. It was only a couple of months ago when the Government …

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