Large Turn Out for Abortion-Rights March in Dublin in Wake of Referendum Announcement

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 30, 2017
Published: September 30, 2017

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday, September 30, to call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, a 1983 constitutional amendment that made Ireland one of the world’s most restrictive jurisdictions for access to abortions. The protest follows the government’s recent announcement that it will hold a referendum on the issue next year after a government committee of citizens, known as the Citizens Assembly, voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising the law. Abortion-rights activists say the amendment, which recognizes the right to life of the unborn as equal to that of the mother, infringes on women’s human rights. It was added to the constitution in 1983, after it was approved by referendum. Abortion-rights groups estimate than more than 5,000 women travel from Ireland overseas every year to undergo the procedure. Credit: Twitter/Will St Ledger via Storyful

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