Sunday 23 April 2017

Pro-choice campaign now needs to look beyond repeal of Eighth

Protesters at the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ pro-choice march in Dublin . Photo: Gerry Mooney
Protesters at the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ pro-choice march in Dublin . Photo: Gerry Mooney
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

The success of Saturday's march for choice is the latest sign that the momentum for repealing the eighth amendment is becoming an unstoppable force. But what does repeal the eighth actually mean?

Despite the wind, the rain and the Dublin bus strike, 30,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to demand a change to our draconian abortion laws. The success of this grassroots political movement is due to the hard work of countless activists who have donated their time, their ideas, their energy and their passion to agitate for change.

Politicians have not propelled this movement. They have run from it. They are still in hiding, devolving their responsibilities to a subordinate citizens' assembly chosen by a polling company instead of a democratic vote.

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