Wednesday 17 July 2019

Aisling Bea: 'Reproductive issues have been so swept away - it's time for change'

Aisling Bea attends the Glamour Women of The Year awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the Glamour Women of The Year awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea arriving at the Three Empire Awards held at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London.
Aisling Bea attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 in association with Next, Berkeley Square Gardens, London
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish comedian Aisling Bea has become a vocal advocate in favour of repealing the eighth amendment.

Bea, who grew up in Kildare and now lives in London, joins a number of high profile women speaking out in favour of repeal, and she hopes that it will further expand a national conversation on women's health and reproduction.

"I remember when I got my first period I was almost afraid to tell me mother, who's quite an open, loving person. But I felt really weird, the chat just wasn't there," she told Irish Tatler.

"Reproductive issues have been so swept away, I feel like it's time for change. No matter what your views are on abortion, the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution is a very cruel, cruel law which benefits no one."

Aisling Bea attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Bea, who is a supporter of London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, cited Ireland's dark history with Magdalene laundries and forced adoptions as contributing to her viewpoint.

"This country has had women locked up in laundries and pelvises broken, the amount of untold stories of women having babies when they didn't want to and people coming over adopting babies and taking them to America...the sadness of those stories. Are we not going to acknowledge those and go, 'Okay, now it's time for a change?'

"There's a lot of chatter about, 'people are just going to use it as a form of contraception - lazy women!' There's this idea of this loose woman walking about the rown. Repealing the Eighth Amendment is about women who don't want to be pregnant, it's not about a certain type of woman, a certain age of woman - we all known sisters and mothers who have chosen to go on with a pregnancy and those who haven't.

"But that choice is what it is. You can use your womb if you want, it's the most beautiful thing to do, if you want, but it's not our only reason to be put on this earth."

Aisling Bea attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Aisling Bea attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

In addition to her personal campaigning, her professional career is going from strength to strength - she recently landed a part in an NBC pilot produced by Aseem Batra and Amy Poehler.

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