Back in 1983 the Catholic Church and the wider forces of conservatism successfully campaigned for the insertion of an anti-Choice amendment into the 26 County Constitution.
The 8th amendment and equivalent legislation in the Six Counties have only succeeded in maintaining the hypocritical illusion of an abortion-free Ireland.
So while the forces of conservatism have slept peacefully in holy, abortion-free Ireland, tens of thousands of Irish women have been forced to leave their own country to access safe and legal terminations in Britain and elsewhere.
In the main these are Irish women who had sex with Irish men in Ireland and yet it falls to Britain and other countries to provide safe and legal terminations for the subsequent crisis pregnancies. It’s long past time for this era of hypocrisy to end.
And it’s long past time for the women of Ireland to be treated as equals with full legal control of their own bodies, including their sexual and reproductive organs. It’s time to #Repealthe8th
Ní Saoirse Go Saoirse na mBán!