Repeal The 8th – The Time Is Now

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) will be putting forward a motion to the Dáil mid October to repeal the 8th Amendment by referendum,. PBP believe that it is the ordinary people who should decide, not lawyers, the Church, or the elite.

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Repeal The 8th – The Time Is Now

Stacey Wren, People Before Profit Pro-Choice Campaign writes.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) will be putting forward a motion to the Dáil mid October to repeal the 8th Amendment by referendum,. PBP believe that it is the ordinary people who should decide, not lawyers, the Church, or the elite.

This bill is calling for a repeal of the 8th amendment, with no restrictions. For decades women have been expected to pay for a ferry to Liverpool as well as the cost of the procedure, and then come back to work the following morning. This at a time when 750,000 people are living under the poverty line in Ireland,

This is what PBP’s new Pro-Choice group want to change by setting up a grassroots movement supported by TDs but not controlled by them.

During the week of the group’s second meeting Katherine Zappone TD backtracked on her main selling point in the general election and voted against Independents4Change Mick Wallace’s bill allowing abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormality. This went directly against what her constituency wanted, as well as what the majority of the population wanted.

A Red C poll on behalf of Amnesty International in March found that 72% wanted to decriminalise abortion, with 80% agreeing that abortion should be available in cases of incest, rape, and fatal foetal abnormality. Only 5% said that it should definitely not be decriminalised.

If these polls are not enough for change, the following fact should fill in the gaps. 12 women every day leave Ireland to go to countries like the UK, and in a small country like Ireland there is a high chance that in our lifetimes each of us will know someone who is faced with this decision, but who may be too scared to ask for help because of the stigma attached.

What are we to take from this? The government continue not to listen to the people, so we must make our voices heard above the noise of a minority on the right. This can only be achieved if we stand together and fight for what we believe in.

PBP Pro-Choice is a group led by women but not exclusive to women. Our approach will be a social media and grassroots one, with stalls and public meetings, engaging and interacting with the people rather than standing behind a podium and lecturing.

Join us in supporting the Annual March for Choice at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm, 24 September, and let the government know that you support the AAA/PBP bill calling for a referendum.

For many of us a referendum will be our first chance to make our opinions known on this issue in a way that cannot be ignored.

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