Alliance For Choice and BFN response to abortion consultation

Originally posted on Belfast Feminist Network:

Alliance For Choice and Belfast Feminist Network Joint Press Release:

We welcome today’s consultation paper from the Department of Justice – The Criminal Law On Abortion, Lethal Foetal Abnormality And Sexual Crime: A Consultation On Amending The Law By The Department Of Justice.

First of all we would like to draw attention to the fact that there are now no women on the Justice Committee. This is the Committee dealing with issues such as abortion law, sexual crime legislation, law governing domestic violence and law affecting sex workers, all of which overwhelmingly affect women. It is completely unacceptable and reflects the deep chasm between the experiences of more than half the electorate and the understanding of those with the power to make change.

We would also like to highlight the limits of a consultation paper on abortion that refuses to acknowledge, issues often labelled as ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’. There…

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Some News

So things have a been a bit quiet here, that is due to me having moved my blogs to my new site.

From now on you will find me here

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Abortion in Medieval Ireland

Originally posted on Perceptions of Pregnancy:

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the medieval to the modern. Today’s post is contributed by Gillian Kenny, a Research Associate at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Abortion (or the lack of it) is back in the news in Ireland again following reports that a woman who claimed to be suicidal was denied an abortion and instead gave birth by caesarean at 25 weeks. The roots of lay and clerical anti-abortionism in Ireland would appear to be a modern phenomenon as medieval sources indicate a country in which abortion could be seen as a less severe offence by clerics, for example, than bearing an unwanted child or committing ‘fornication’.[1] In the middle ages women commonly underwent abortions…

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Women’s right to abortion: compromise is the losing option

Originally posted on the irish revolution:

by Anne McShane

The government hoped that the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013, which came into operation in January, would stifle the demand for change in favour of women’s rights. But the opposite has happened. There has been a new spate of protests over the first reported case under the new legislation. ‘Miss Y’, an asylum-seeker who arrived in Ireland early in the year, sought an abortion on the grounds that she was suicidal. Despite her clear desperation she was refused the procedure and forced to continue the pregnancy. Yet another victim of the misogyny embedded deep within the theocratic Catholic state and its institutions.

The 2013 act was reluctantly introduced by the government in response to immense pressure from the population. Opinion polls have consistently shown an overwhelming majority in favour of some abortion rights. One published in the Irish Times in June 2013 showed over 80%…

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Are you coming to the March for Choice?




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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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A Great Victory for Prochoice Activism

Originally posted on my belly is mine:

We did it! When My Belly is Mine was formed at the very beginning of this year, our objective was to stop the Spanish antiabortion draft bill proposed by the conservative Popular Party (also known as the People’s Party) from being presented in parliament. If enacted, this reform would have taken Spain back 30 years in terms of reproductive rights. We worked hard to raise awareness of this threat. We echoed the major demos in Spain, alongside other protesters in European capitals and in cities across the world. Indeed, we were just one of the many many voices in Spain and abroad that clamoured against the bill. The Spanish press finally reported this weekend that the proposed abortion reform has been shelved due to a lack of consensus within the party. Congratulations and thanks to every single person who took to the streets and shouted out against the bill! We…

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Voting Prochoice in the Roscommon-South Leitrim By Election

Originally posted on Pursued By A Bear:

On October 10th, the voters of Roscommon-South Leitrim will be voting in a by-election to select a replacement for new MEP Luke Ming Flanagan. I will be contacting all the candidates to ascertain their position on abortion, and more specifically, repealing the eighth amendment.

Why I Am Voting Pro-Choice

For me, reproductive rights are non-negotiable. Simply put, opposition to changing Ireland’s abortion laws is a dealbreaker. Any person who would oppose my right to bodily autonomy and my dignity is not someone I would want as my representative in Dáil Éireann. Luke Ming Flanagan had a fine track record on reproductive rights and other issues, and I would like to elect someone who will continue in this vein.

I will be sharing my responses from candidates here as I get them.

Fine Gael-Maura Hopkins

Fianna Fáil-Ivan Connaughton

Labour- John Kelly

Sinn Féin-Martin Kenny


Emmett Corcoran

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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