Jan 03 2017

THE STRUGGLE FOR ABORTION RIGHTS IN IRELAND

There is a major campaign going on in Ireland to overturn the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution which bans abortion.We are posting an article from John McAnulty of Socialist Democracy (Ireland) which exams this campaign. It was first posted at: http://socialistdemocracy.org/RecentArticles/RecentTheStruggleForAbortionRightsInIreland.html

 

THE STRUGGLE FOR ABORTION RIGHTS IN IRELAND

Justified and burning anger hobbled by reformism

 On 25th November thousands of activists demonstrated in Dublin calling for the abolition of the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution – a section that asserts equal rights to life between the mother and foetus (the wording refers to the “unborn” which assumes that that life begins at conception). The demonstration was in part was a celebration of the decision by ICTU, the Irish trade union congress, to support the call to repeal the 8th.    In tribute to recent mobilisations by Polish women, many wore black – the main symbol for the Polish demonstrations.
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Aug 12 2013

IRELAND AND THE PROTECTION OF LIFE DURING PREGNANCY ACT

We are posting another article from the August issue of Socialist Democracy (Ireland). This is on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act in Ireland. It  is a follow up to an earlier posting about Savita Halappanavar who died when denied an abortion at the University Hospital in Galway (see http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/20/we-have-heartbeats-too/). 

 

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In the case of the abortion bill the vociferous opposition of the far right boosts this impression. The logic here is that if the SPUC, Youth Defence and the Catholic hierarchy are against something then it must have a progressive element. But this is false. For opposition from such sources reflects more their rabid nature than the progressive character of the legislation. A much better guide is the support the legislation received from the Irish political class. Despite most of the political parties being anti-abortion to some degree or other the legislation passed with a comfortable majority. The predicted upheavals within parties such and Fine Gael and Fianna Fail failed to materialise.
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Nov 20 2012

WE HAVE HEARTBEATS TOO!

Savita Halappanavar died in a Galway hospital after being refused an abortion, which would have saved her life.  The article below is an  ironic feminist comment upon the report that Savita was told that she could not be treated as long as a foetal heartbeat could be detected. This article was sent on by John McAnulty of Socialist Democracy (Ireland). The author wishes to remain anonymous.

Protesting the death of Savita Halappanavar

One would think that the news that a dying women was refused treatment on the grounds that “Ireland is Catholic Country” and that the foetus came first would silence the far right bigots who seek to oppress pregnant women. Nothing could be further from the truth. The following day they were demonstrating on the streets of Belfast against a Marie Stopes clinic offering abortion advice.

The decision by the group to open an office in Belfast has led to a number of street protests over the past month and almost universal condemnation by the main political parties, all in the name of protecting the unborn.

These hysterical fundamentalists have not been silenced and were demonstrating on the streets of Belfast following the death of Savita Halappanavar.. This has illustrated the reality of unborn rights – that no pregnant women can enter a hospital without the fear that her life and health may be at risk. The current tragedy was made worse by the fact that medical intervention was almost certainly perfectly legal – successive governments have avoided clarifying the law and have left decisions to the bigotry or bravery of the individual doctor.

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