Tag Archives: Abortion Rights

Abortion figures in line with expectations, but some women still forced to travel

Speaking after the release of official figures showing that 6,666 people accessed safe legal abortions in Ireland in the first year, abortion rights campaigner, Ruth Coppinger, said the figures were in line with expectations, but should be analysed now to see who is being left behind:  “6,666 pregnant people were able to get legal, safe abortions with their own GP ...

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Abortion rights, marriage equality: The North is Now!

By Eleanor Crossey Malone Over three-quarters of MPs in the House of Commons have voted to extend abortion rights and equal marriage here via amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill. If made into law, the amendments would remove the North from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, decriminalising abortion, in the event that Stormont does not resume by 22 ...

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New assault on abortion rights in the US

By Lucy Marron In May, the Alabama legislature passed a near total ban on abortion, the most restrictive state law in the US since the Roe v. Wade ruling made access to terminations a federal right in 1973. This bill makes abortion illegal at any stage of pregnancy, except when the pregnant person’s life is at risk, and it threatens ...

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Brutal attack on abortion rights in the US

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Ireland)  In late May, the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a near complete ban on abortion. This is now the most restrictive state law on abortion in the country since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This Alabama bill makes abortion illegal at any ...

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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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