Let’s celebrate Ireland’s people for demanding what’s right for women

Mar 22, 2016

Photo credit: Barry Johnson

By Amnesty International

Today, people all over the world are marking St Patrick’s Day and honouring what it means to be Irish. The Eiffel Tower is glowing green in France and in the USA, President Obama is hosting the Irish Prime Minister at the White House’s annual celebration.

As part of the celebrations, we should include progress on key human rights concerns, because these, too, count towards what it means to be Irish.

Last May, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation – by popular vote. This victory was applauded all over the world as a beacon of hope to those who fight for justice, freedom and equality.

Now, the Irish people are calling for these same principles of equality and non-discrimination to apply to women and girls. In a country with one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, a massive 87% of people polled recently said they wanted increased access to abortion.

Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2016/03/celebrate-irelands-people-for-demanding-whats-right-for-women/

3 comments on “Let’s celebrate Ireland’s people for demanding what’s right for women

  • eejit #6
    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I said this before, but only two people noticed it.

    In Ireland, the RCC still do not recognise that Savita’s death was caused the failure to grant her an abortion in the early stages of her illness. There were shortcomings in the nursing and medical treatment which she received and these lead to her death; but the fact remains that if she had been given an abortion when it was clear that the pregnancy was no longer viable and she requested the procedure, she would still be alive today.

    No amount of RC spin can change the fact that a dangerous situation, the unchecked progress of a naturally occurring abortion, was allowed to continue due to legal constraints forbidding the removal of a still “living” (heart beating) foetus. Even following the change in the law here, it is still not by any means certain that in the same situation today an abortion would be permitted, as you’d have to prove that the mother’s life was in danger, and it might not be easy to prove that, unless she actually did die. And, as it is reported, there “is always someone looking over your shoulder,” presumably spies from the various RC front organisations which have infiltrated the medical services in this country.

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  • Meanwhile women in Northern Ireland are still struggling under antiquated laws!


    A young woman who bought drugs on the internet to induce a miscarriage has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    She had been unable to raise enough money to travel to England for a termination

    A defence barrister told Belfast Crown Court that had his client lived in any other region of the UK, she would “not have found herself before the courts”.

    The 21-year old bought two types of drugs online, took them and then miscarried on 12 July 2014.

    She cannot be named because of a court order.

    The male foetus, which was between 10 and 12 weeks, was later found in the bin of a house she shared with two other people.

    The woman pleaded guilty to two charges – procuring her own abortion by using a poison, and of supplying a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.

    Police were alerted after the woman’s two housemates contacted police, a week after finding blood-stained items and a foetus in the bin of the house they shared in south Belfast.

    A prosecution lawyer told the court that when the woman moved into the house in May 2014, she told her two housemates that she was pregnant but that she was trying to raise the money to travel to England for a termination.

    However, after she was unable to raise enough money, she contacted an abortion clinic in England for advice.

    She claims that she was told by the clinic about two drugs that were available on the internet and which would induce a miscarriage.

    When she was arrested, the then 19-year old made no comment in police interviews.

    A defence lawyer said his client’s prosecution highlighted the difference in legislation between here and the rest of the UK.

    He told the court: “Had she lived in any other jurisdiction, she would not have found herself before the court”, adding she felt “victimised by the system.”

    What a waste of public money spent arranging the harassment of its citizens, when it could have been spent providing medical services!

    Before passing sentence, the judge said there were no guidelines or similar cases to compare this to, adding in his experience there have been no other prosecutions under this specific piece of legislation – namely Section 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

    He said the legislation was 150 years old and had been substantially amended in England, Scotland and Wales but not in Northern Ireland.

    Acknowledging that as a UK citizen the woman could legally have travelled to England for a termination, Judge McFarland said that the advice given by the clinic “without knowledge of her background and details was perhaps inappropriate”.

    He also said that while there are agencies in Northern Ireland that give advice on such issues “unfortunately they are part of a polarised debate that can be part of a more toxic debate”.

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  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35969816
    An anti-abortion group has said it has called for the case of a woman given a suspended prison sentence after buying drugs online to terminate pregnancy to be brought to the appeals court.

    .Precious Life described the sentence as “very lenient”.

    The name of this group would be comical if it was not so sick!

    On Monday, Belfast Crown Court heard the 21-year old woman could not afford to travel to England for a termination.

    The human rights organisation Amnesty International said it was “appalled” by the conviction.

    Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.

    The court heard on Monday that the woman, who cannot be named, was 10 to 12 weeks pregnant when she obtained the tablets in July 2014.

    Bernadette Smyth from Precious Life said she was “very concerned about the judgement” and was “very hopeful that this case will be reviewed”.

    Perhaps the bigoted ignorance and busy-body delusions should be reviewed!

    “We are in a crisis situation here, it’s a human crisis and we, Precious Life have sent to the PPS for NI (Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland) our concerns calling for this case to be brought back to the appeals court,” she said.

    Oh dear!
    Their god-delusions are most upset and the puppet hosts are jumping up and down!

    “It’s sending out a dangerous message and could set a dangerous precedent for future cases of illegal abortions here in Northern Ireland.”

    What? and drag the province out of the dark-ages!

    .Precious Life has no right to appeal the sentence. Only the director of public prosecutions can ask the Court of Appeal to review whether the sentence was unduly lenient.

    But as we know, god-delusions THINK they have rights over other people!

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