Tag Archives: Abortion Rights

Dáil committee on repeal: ­ Allow vote on Citizens’ Assembly proposals

By Diana O’Dwyer A special Oireachtas Committee has now been set up to consider what proposal should be put in a referendum on the 8th amendment next year. Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger is Solidarity’s representative. She will fight for repeal and implementation of the progressive Citizens’ Assembly recommendations to give all pregnant people the right to choose. Anti-choice parties ...

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A Stunning Blow- Citizens’ Assembly delay tactic backfires

The Citizens’ Assembly was established, not only as a government and political establishment delay-tactic in dealing with the 8th amendment, the consitutional abortion ban, but also quite clearly to manoevre to ensure that only limited change would be endorsed. It aimed to give a cover to politicians and an excuse to hold back on the growing demand from below for ...

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Strike & protests sends clear message: Take out the 8th

  By Laura Fitzgerald March 8th 2017 saw young people spilling onto the streets for abortion rights, many thousands of whom had walked out of schools and colleges to join the action, often participating in their first protest. The age profile was discernibly younger than even the youthful March For Choice demonstration in September 2016. The mood was defiant – ...

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Women rising around the world

By Aprille Scully Inequality under the capitalist system has accelerated in recent years and sees the top 1% own more wealth than the 99%. Neoliberalism means privatisation and underfunding of public services which particularly affects women in areas of health, education, maternity leave and low pay. It’s in this context that across the world we are seeing a new generation ...

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Repealing the 8th & Abortion Rights- We won’t “tone it down”

By Laura Fitzgerald In October, the Government refused to give the AAA-PBP bill for a Repeal the 8th referendum, proposed by Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger TD, a second reading. It elucidated its interminable time-table for a referendum, namely six months for the Citizens’ Assembly to report, and another six months for the special Oireachtas committee to report to the ...

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Poland: Mass protests force retreat on abortion ban

The following article was written by a member of the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Poland, Alternatywa Socjalistyczna in the aftermath of 140,000 taking to the streets of Poland against government plans to bring in ban on a woman’s right to choose. As a result of this mass movement it has been forced to beat a retreat, an inspiring achievement.  ...

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Fighting for repeal & right to choose – what next?

By Laura Fitzgerald The March for Choice on 24 September is a crucial event in the fight for abortion rights. The fact it’s a march for choice, rather than a march for a tweaking of the 8th amendment, or a repealing of the 8th amendment to be followed by restrictive legislation that precludes actual rights, is important. Growing momentum The ...

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A referendum is a real citizens’ assembly

Irish politics this summer has been dominated by the widespread and ever more vocal outcry for Repeal of the 8th Amendment. No matter how much the political establishment tries to hide away from the issue, a powerful campaign for repeal has exploded on to the scene and will not just ebb away.

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Hilary Clinton: Candidate of war, Wall Street & Walmart

By Aprille Scully Hillary Clinton’s bid to become to the first woman President has resulted in calls for progressively minded workers and young people across the US to support her. The latter in particular, and significantly young women, have rejected this and instead have supported the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Several opinions have tried to deduce how this could be. ...

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