Plans to harass women using the Marie Stopes referral clinic in Dublin 7 during Lent were revealed in Catholic rag Alive.
This is the fourth annual march and activists are stressing the need to repeal the 8th amendment as a matter of urgency.
The march from the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square to Merrion Square is a family-friendly event and there will be various activities to suit everyone afterwards from picnics to art exhibitions and of course shnakey pints.
See you there.
This weekend (after the March for Choice) you can catch an exhibition documenting the struggle to oppose the 8th Amendment. Over four decades, women in Ireland have been subject to repression, shaming and criminal sanctions in their attempts to express their sexuality and reproductive rights. Women’s bodies have been the subject of Tribunals, Referendums, accusations and censorship. Women to Blame visually represents the events before, during and after the Eighth Amendment when, article 40.3.3. was inserted into the Irish Constitution. This multi-media exhibition at The Complex in Dublin is part of the March for Choice Afters programme which coincides with … Read More
News broke over the weekend that a woman was forced to bear her rapist’s child having been denied an abortion after going on hunger strike. Tracy Brown Hamilton chatted to Rebecca Gomperts of Woman On Waves about how Ireland’s laws are failing women. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, 47, is the founder and director of Women on Waves, an organization that, among other things sails a ship to countries where pregnancy termination is prohibited and offers non-surgical abortions beyond territorial waters.“It’s ridiculous,” Gomperts says. “Women are dying and suffering health problems. Human rights are being violated. It was bad before, but now it’s worse. This policy won’t … Read More
Youth Defence are on the move. Not too far unfortunately. Oireachtas Retort has a look at their day out. Back in 2012, our intrepid photographer had great fun outside the Dáil I have never been challenged so often at any demonstration as this evening as to whom I ‘represent’, which paper, and do I know the truth about the story. While being herded around the big screens carrying a Youth Defence video, so organisers could move the two ranks of young people to the front of the demo, an elderly woman followed me insisting that the Savita case was … Read More
Are we living in an Ireland of two halves? One looking towards a future of equal rights for all, free from the clutches of a church bathed in controversy, the other with more of a medieval take on things: anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-choice. Oireachtas Retort investigates the proportions and finds that it appears to be the minority making the most noise. It would be easy to think of the Iona Institute as a painfully Irish phenomenon. True, it is a response to the dilemma of declining clerical credibility but tactically and rhetorically much of their method is straight from a … Read More
So it’s marching season once again. The Vigil 4 Life is taking place tomorrow at Merrion Square albeit with less hype than previous years. We thought we’d have a quick look at the support online and it’s surprisingly non-native! The official Twitter account is @NatVigil4Life and has been quiet for almost a year. It cranked up again 9 days ago with a few tweets about free buses for the elderly they ship in to make a photo op but surprisingly little hoopla apart from that. They retweeted a few messages of support from single men and then they got really … Read More
Reports of far-right involvement in last year’s two ‘Rally for Life’ events have proven to be correct. Here we document some disturbing online evidence (see gallery) of far-right nationalists identifying, tracking and indirectly threatening pro-choice activists. “People from all walks of life attended the Rally for Life in Dublin. A path to a better Ireland, national reconstruction.” This video of the Rally For Life is published by someone calling themselves Smokewithoutfire. Anti-Fascist Action Ireland have claimed online that this individual is actually Sean Canty from Wexford. The Youtube uploader responsible has a number of other videos posted on their … Read More
The Dáil will return to discuss Report and Final Stages It was originally scheduled to conclude at 9pm but after objections to a guillotine session, it will be allowed to go past midnight before voting. Lucinda Creighton (FG), Peter Mathews (FG) and a few nobodies are thought to be amongst the 6 FG reps considering voting with their ‘conscience’ against the wishes of their constituents and the whip. Also in the Seanad Creighton’s husband, Paul Bradford and the always hilarious Fidelma Freely-Memes are considering voting against their const…hold on they don’t have any constituents…. Anyway, watch the non-drama unfold here: … Read More
The young man whose arrest featured in a video we were sent on Saturday, which went somewhat viral, has published his account of the events. We have had lots of requests for updates on this story. Here we post his report and a link to the full text: At around 2:45 PM, on Saturday the 6th of July, I was standing on O’Connell Street at the counter demo to Youth Defence’s astroturfed “Rally for Life” march. There was an extremely heavy police presence around the pro-choice side of the demonstration, with about a dozen of easily identifiable “undercover” cops present. … Read More