In 3 weeks Ireland votes in a referendum to change the 8th amendment of the constitution which currently equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death. Medical practitioners can lose their licence, or face jail time, if they offer advice to women in need of abortions. Every day 12 women are forced to travel to the UK to have abortions and aftercare in Ireland is minimal for those who have to travel.
I made this piece a year ago in solidarity with the campaign and to highlight the plight women in Ireland face every day. I’ve tried to find events to have it shown back home, but sadly, to no avail. I believe there are restrictions in place on social media for showing imagery or videos containing nudity, but I want to put it out there – however briefly – now more than ever. If anyone knows of an event between now and May 25th where it might be useful to show, please feel free to put me in touch with the organisers. Feel free to share.
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