October 1, 2012
Get your rosaries off our ovaries
Standing polishing cups at work on Saturday I noticed something big. Thousands of protesters marched toward me campaigning for pro-choice in Ireland. I work in City Centre Dublin, overlooking O’Connell street, but never have I seen anything quite like this.
Ireland just isn’t the protesty-type and so to see so many passionate women taking charge of the largest street in Europe was refreshing. Thousands marched through Dublin in what was seen as the first major mobilisation of pro-choice activists…ever!
Leaving from the Spire at 2pm they took their protest through the city to Merrion Square, a peaceful park that played host to Dublin Pride’s parade end.
The Garda Press Office initially reported 500 attendees for the pro-choice march but by later that evening the office said there could have been in excess of 2,000 people involved. To put this into an Irish perspective, the march was the largest protest in Dublin since students fought against fees in the November of 2011.
Organized in anticipation of a report on abortion from a Government appointed body, marchers called for a decriminalization of abortion and laws in line with the historic x case.
The report, to be presented to the Minister for Health next month, looks at the consequences of the European Court of Human Rights decision that Ireland failed to implement existing rights to abortion where a mother’s life is at risk.
According to ‘March for Choice‘, the organizers, “between 4,000 and 8,000 Irish women travel abroad every year, and many more avail of illegal abortion drugs and unsafe abortions.”
This is compounded by the World Health Organization who report that “70,000 pregnant people die around the world every single year from illegal abortion. They leave behind 220,000 kids, since 61% of those seeking abortions are already parents.”
Images courtesy of Louise Hannon.
Video courtesy of Trade Union TV Ireland.
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