Tag Archives: Abortion Rights

International Women’s Day 2019: The case for socialist feminism

By Keishia Taylor International Women’s Day was established by socialist women as a day of struggle against oppression and exploitation meted out by the capitalist system. A hundred years later, we have won the vote and equal rights by law, but women continue to be at much higher risk of poverty, abuse and harassment than men. Opposing violence   The ...

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North: We won’t wait! Abortion rights now!

In the referendum in May 2018, the Republic of Ireland saw 66.4% of the people vote Yes to repeal the anti-choice Eighth Amendment, and abortion is now freely available up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. The archaic laws on abortion in Northern Ireland have been found to breach the European Convention on Human Rights. Northern Ireland is a state where ...

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Interview with Argentinian pro-choice activist

The Socialist spoke to Lucia, a pro-choice activist from Argentina living in Ireland, about the recent movement there for bodily autonomy that has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets in recent months.  What made you get involved in the movement? “I am an activist in a political organization so for several years I have been in contact with ...

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Clamouring demand grows to…Separate Church & State

By Cillian Gillespie The eighth amendment, passed in September 1983, symbolised everything that is insidious and rotten in the historic tie that has bound the Catholic Church and the Southern Irish State together since its foundation in 1922. It’s passing ensured that right wing, misogynistic Catholic doctrine would be written into law, equating as it did, the life of a ...

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Defending ROSA & a combative Socialist Feminist approach

The historic victory for the abortion rights has been a beacon for all those fighting misogyny worldwide. Unfortunately, in this context, ROSA has been subject to a smear campaign of sorts online. Some tweets and social media posts even lump ROSA in with right wing politicians who our movement had to fight head-on for years even for the right to ...

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The 8th Repealed- How Yes was won

By Socialist Party reporters  The referendum to scrap the ban on abortion was easily passed with 66.4% to 33.6% on a turnout of over 64%, the highest ever for a referendum in Ireland. The result was nearly an exact reversal of the 1983 vote which imposed the ban, except nearly a million more voted this time. As the government, in ...

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Socialist, pro-choice TD speaks- Interview with Ruth Coppinger

Carah Daniel spoke with Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger about the upcoming referendum to repeal the 8th and how the battle for abortion rights can be won in Ireland. Ruth was also a member of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment. What was it that brought about the committee on the 8th amendment? The Committee was set ...

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Socialist feminism, abortion rights & the fight against capitalism

By Emma Quinn The fight for abortion rights in Ireland is fast approaching its pivotal moment and the mood amongst sections of women, LGBTQ and young people is one of unapologetic determination in the struggle for “Repeal”. Much more than the essential fight for basic healthcare, rights and bodily autonomy for women and pregnant people, for many, especially young people, ...

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Abortion rights, fighting for liberation and socialism

By Katia Hancke The debate on abortion rights has moved on dramatically over the last five years. Just look at the discussions taking place even in as conservative an environment as the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, dominated as it is by the anti-choice and right wing parties of the capitalist establishment. Witness after expert witness has outlined to ...

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Pamphlet: Winning Repeal & Abortion Rights

Introduction: Abortion is a Rights Issue By Ruth Coppinger TD Those who want abortion banned refer to themselves as ‘pro-life’. In fact, abortion bans result in the deaths of women. Such ‘pro-lifers’ despicably and ludicrously brand a huge proportion of women as murderers. On a global level, one in three women will have an abortion over the course of their ...

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