Groups like ours helped fight for inclusive, accessible healthcare. Together, we achieved a culture change. But there's a phenomenal amount still to doby Anna Carnegie / January 10, 2019 / Leave a comment
Last year, on May 25th 2018, the Irish public voted emphatically to repeal the country’s constitutional ban on abortion and enable the passage of legislation to provide abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in limited circumstances thereafter.
The months since the referendum were a whirlwind of court challenges, parliamentary debates, marches, and media coverage. Finally, on the 13th December, the Irish senate passed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018, paving the way for a new law and signifying a much welcome, and long overdue, step forward. On the 20th, President Michael D Higgins signed the bill into law.
While all of this was happening, nothing, practically, changed for people in the Republic of Ireland who need abortions. In the nearly 7 months since the country voted for healthcare at home, almost 2,000 people travelled to England and other jurisdictions to access abortion services. More than 500 more—often those lacking the means or ability to travel—imported and taken safe but illegal abortion pills despite the risk of prosecution.
Highlighting this reality, these stories, has been a crucial aspect of the Abortion Rights Campaign since our formation,…