Tag Archives: Abortion Rights

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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No amendments, no “Citizens’ Convention”: Repeal the 8th now

By Ruth Coppinger TD The demand for Repeal of the 8th amendment abortion ban is growing throughout Irish society. It has become a key issue among young people, although recent polls by Amnesty show support for change across every age and region. More than ever before, there is a chance to remove from the Constitution a sectarian, misogynistic law that ...

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Establishment parties hit a wall of anger – political crisis looms

By Cillian Gillespie and Ruth Coppinger TD “It is clear that, as James Connolly said a hundred years ago: “the day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go”. We need democratic public control and ownership of wealth and resources if society is to be run for people’s needs, not profit.” These were the words of Socialist ...

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Women’s & LGBT Liberation in Revolutionary Russia

Young people internationally are being politicised by the oppression of women and LGBT people, opening up debates as to how this discrimination and inequality can be ended. EMMA QUINN looks at the experience of the Russian Revolution and the radical progressive measures introduced by the Bolsheviks that were seen as part of the initial steps to bring about the full ...

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Repealing the 8th & Women’s Emancipation today

In the last number of years there has been a significant shift in the attitudes of people in the South towards the issue of abortion, particularly in the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, in late October 2012. There is growing pressure on the political establishment to repeal the 8th Amendment to the constitution that was inserted 1983. ...

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