Trigger warnings: mention of pregnancy, childbirth, sexual assault, rape, fatal foetal abnormality, death, self-inflicted harm, domestic abuse, abortion
On 25 May, the people of the Republic of Ireland will go to the polls to vote in one of the most important decisions to face their democracy in a generation and one of the most challenging and controversial issues within not only Irish society, but across the globe. This vote is to repeal of the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution which equates the life of the foetus to the life of the person carrying the foetus.
This amendment has prohibited abortions happening legally and safely in Ireland in the vast majority of cases, including where the pregnancy is a result of a sexual crime, the pregnancy is nonviable or unwanted. But let’s be clear about one thing, Irish people have terminations on a daily basis. Whether through travelling, often to England, and paying privately for an abortion, or through trying to induce miscarriages (sometimes through dangerous steps).
Did you know:
14: is the number of years that a person could imprisoned for procuring miscarriage inducing pills –
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