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Dublin protests in solidarity with the Belfast mother charged with supplying the abortion pill to her daugher
Banners reading Drop The Charges and Free Safe Legal Abortion had been prepared the previous evening for the protest which had been called by the Workers Solidarity Movement and (Re)al-Productive Health. There were speakers from both these organisations but also from the Abortion Rights Campaign and ROSA whose banners were also brought to the protest.
The prosecution is taking place in northern Ireland where 200 pro-choice activists have signed a letter admitting to breaking the same law and demanding that the charges be dropped or they also be prosecuted. The Dublin rally was timed to coincide with the Belfast protest outside Musgrave Police Station also at 6pm. At the same time in Galway pro-choice activists were blocking the Wolfe Tone bridge to also demand the dropping of the charges.
At the end of the rally other pro-choice campaigners attempted to drop a 3rd banner from the roof of the GPO reading ‘Abortion Charges Are Bollox’ but in a massive Garda over reaction one of them was thrown to the ground and pepper sprayed, a second had the clothes torn off his upper body and both of these along with a third person were then arrested. We have covered this in more details in previous posts to this page and immediately afterwards released a statement condemning the Garda attack on pro-choice campaigners. All three have now been released.
The abortion ‘pill’ - Mifepristone and Misoprostol, both which are used successfully worldwide to induce miscarriages during the first nine weeks of pregnancy - is also illegal in almost all circumstances in the south. The Labour Party / Fine Gael government brought in a law in 2013 under which a woman who obtained an abortion could be jailed for 14 years, as could anyone aiding here. But the reality is hundreds of people a year are using these pills for abortion in Ireland. Will the Garda continue to turn a blind eye or will we see an attempted prosecution in the south similar to the north.
It is not acceptable as Aoife from Re(al) Productive Health pointed out during the rally that women have to hunt down essential medical information about where to obtain pills from the backs of toilet doors in pubs. Or that they have to worry that the medication might be seized, the post be delayed or worse yet that they be criminalised. (Video of some of the speeches to be posted later).
Advances in medical technology and the development of safe medical abortion that people can self-administer when the state gives them no other choice means the current law is unworkable. There has to be a new referendum to remove the anti-choice 8th Amendment to the constitution which equates the life of a mother to the foetus she carries. Access to abortion should not be a political issue but a medical one for the person concerned to decide on.
Access to abortion should be free, safe and legal.
WORDS: Andrew Flood (Follow Andrew on Twitter )
Fr 30 Jul, 23:44
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This is as complete a story about what happened to 'Migrant X' that we are aware of. Migrant X is a young migrant women who it emerged was refused an abortion by the Irish state despite apparently meeting the grounds of the X-case legislation and instead forced to carry the pregnancy and agree to a C-section. The pregnanacy itself was the result of rape, Migrant X attempted suicide after being refused the abortion and later went on a hunger and thirst strike. Once what had happened to her became known there were sizeable pro-choice solidarity demonstrations called across Ireland and at Irish embassies overseas. We have been given information that the migrant woman at the centre of the current forced pregnancy was 'committed' to a psychiatric hospital following her initial request for termination. It’s already known that the initial request was made when she was 8 weeks pregnant. It was this crucial period in which she was being held incommunicado which led directly to the Caesarian option being possible to impose as an ‘alternative’ to allowing her to access the abortion she had asked for.
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This is the Workers Solidarity Movement position paper on Abortion Rights as collectively agreed at July 2017 WSM National Conference. This position paper sits under the Patriarchy paper which in turn is under the Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation paper, and hence does not repeat any of that material in these.
Next week will see the promotion of Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA (Member of Northern Ireland Assembly), Arlene Foster to the position of DUP leader and the North of Ireland’s First Minister. Foster is a woman who was once described to have “learned a lot from the likes of Thatcher when it comes to dealing with men in politics."
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