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How abortion rights were won in the US

Below is an article written by the sister section of the Socialist Party in the US, Socialist Alternative. A tremendous struggle in the US resulted in the historic Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973 that legalised abortion. In the light of the restricting of abortion rights in a whole number of US states in recent years, as well as the current growing mood and movement for abortion rights in Ireland, the lessons from this struggle are really relevant, as well it being a timely moment to ask how the right to choose can be won permanently for women.

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Letter to newspaper editors re Jack O’Connor comments

Dear Editor, SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor’s attack on the angry workers and pensioners who were demanding action, including strike action, to fight the ongoing assault on their livelihood and living standards during ICTU President Eugene McGlone’s speech at last Saturday’s pre budget protest and his attempt to claim political orchestration is a transparent ruse to shift attention away from the inaction of trade union leaders in response to the austerity agenda.

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Mobilise the unions in a struggle against austerity

Jack O’Connor SIPTU president spoke at a Dublin Council of Trade Unions press conference to promote the 24 November anti-austerity demonstration. In doing so Jack O’Connor, who is also a leading member of the Labour Party, attempted the art of doublespeak.

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Irish Embassy protests take place around the world

On Wednesday 14 November, at short notice over 2,000 people gathered at the Dáil to mourn and protest the death of Savita Halappanavar. With calls of Never Again people demanded changes to Ireland's backward abortion laws. At this protest Socialist Party Cllr. Ruth Coppinger announced Paul Murphy MEP's call for an International day of Action for Legal Abortion in Ireland on Wednesday 21 November.

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Never again – abortion rights now

Sectarian anti-abortion laws and political cowardice are responsible for the medieval treatment of Savita Halappanavar and her tragic death. Never again should a woman in this country suffer such oppression.

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