Solidarity to the Irish Pro – choice Movement, for the repealing of the 8th Amendment and the legalization of abortion in Ireland

2 years after the death of Savita Halappanavar, a woman of Indian origin, who suffered a miscarriage, and instead of being granted termination of pregnancy in time, was left to die in pain due to septicemia the Irish movement for abortion rights is calling for a referendum to change the 8th amendment of the Constitution, the law equating the life of a pregnant woman to that of an embryo, this spring.


The Socialist Party of Ireland (sister organisation of New Internationalist Left and member of CWI – Committee for a Workers’ International) and ROSA (for Reproductive Rights, agains Oppression, Sexism and Austerity)are calling for a mass action on the 28th of October in Dublin, and solidarity activities outside the Irish Embassies, on the 28th and 29th of October.

In Cyprus we are organising a protest outside the Irish Embassy on Wednesday, 29/10 at 13.00.

In Ireland abortion is considered illegal. Typically, the only exceptions are when a woman’s life (not her health or well-being though) is in danger, including the risk of suicide. The relevant act, making abortion legal in some specific cases, passed only a year ago, following what is known as the X Case Judgement, yet effectively doesn’t legalise abortion.

At least 13 women per day travel out of Ireland, in order to ensure safe abortion. Since 1980, over 150,000 women have travelled from Ireland for abortion. Unknown numbers of women in Ireland purchase abortion pills online. In 2009 customs seized 1200 abortion pills which may only be the tip of the iceberg in relation to the volume of abortion pills being bought by women in Ireland. Abortion is the most common gynaecological procedure an Irish woman is likely to have. It is variously estimated that between 1 in 10 and 1 in 15 Irish women of reproductive age have had an abortion. An Irish woman is more likely to have had an abortion than appendectomy or tonsillectomy.

The first woman that tried to put X Case Judgement in practice was a teenage immigrant rape victim, living in a refugee camp. Only after many weeks of demanding  abortion, threatening with committing suicide, and going on hunger and thirst strike, the state put her to trial and operated a C section to remove the fetus.

There is no way for the Irish parliament to legalise abortion without first repealing  the 8th Amendment. The 8th Amendment to the Constitution was engineered in 1983 from right-wing Catholic reactionaries in order to stop any future attempts for legal abortion.

The movement in Ireland says enough is enough, calling Labour governnment to name a date for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment!
We call all the organizations of the island, g/c and t/c, to sign the protest letter that you can find here, which will be delivered to the Irish Embassy on the 29th of October, and participate in our protest on the day, in solidarity with the pro-choice activities planned in Ireland and outside the Irish Embassies in many other countries in Europe.

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