The events of the last year have demonstrated the essential need for all those worldwide who support reproductive justice and the right to bodily autonomy to stand together in solidarity and support. In the spirit of international cooperation, Repeal NYC is planning a march in solidarity with activists who will be marching on the same day in the Republic of Ireland as part of the 6th annual March For Choice.
(Full Disclosure: QFP editor, Amanda Ocasio, co-founded the group that is organizing the event.)
Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, only allowing legal abortions in rare cases that the pregnant person’s life is threatened. Every year, thousands of Irish women and their families travel to neighbouring European countries in order to access abortions in an incredible range of circumstances: including their financial situations,the threat of sexual violence, fatal foetal anomalies or emotional distress. Repeal NYC believes all people should be given full, fair and free access to reproductive justice where they live.
On September 30th, activists in Dublin will march to demonstrate the public support for liberalizing abortion laws.
Solidarity actions are planned worldwide. Ireland has one of the world’s largest diasporas, and a large percentage of emigrated citizens. According to a November, 2016 article published on Irish Central, "New York has the most concentrated Irish American population.” It is essential that Irish citizens, the Irish diaspora, and supporters worldwide advocate for human rights.
March for Choice Committee member Jordana Starkman offers the following explanation of the importance of the events planned for September 30th:
"In Ireland, people have spent a generation fighting for the rights to their own bodies; for trust from the government; for the freedom to make their own choices. Through an international movement for [the] Repeal of the 8th Amendment, people outside Ireland now also have the opportunity to recognize this work and support those seeking reproductive justice and bodily autonomy. To me, standing in solidarity with the Repeal the 8th movement can take many forms. It can mean learning that, since 1983, when Irish people last had a chance to vote on their reproductive choices, the life of a pregnant person has been equated to that of a bundle of cells. It can mean hearing the stories of women who have had to travel abroad for safe and legal abortion--a number which is conservatively estimated at 10 per day. It can mean remembering names of women like Savita Halappanavar, whose 2012 death was a direct result of the Irish abortion ban. Most importantly, standing in solidarity means supporting the work Irish people are doing, contributing our own voices to make their message of reproductive justice even louder."
By demonstrating in front of the Irish Consulate, Repeal NYC intends to draw attention to the international movement to protect reproductive rights within Ireland. All supporters are welcome to join on Saturday the 30th of September at 1pm at the Irish Consulate. Any press can email for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-434-0046 .