Monday, March 4, 2013

Mark the X Demonstration - Cork Opera House

This morning outside the Cork Opera House members of CWRTC and the ProChoice Alliance Cork assembled to mark the 21st anniversary of the X case. Women lay on the ground forming an X, signifying that the issues with current legislation are relevant to all women in Ireland. 

Leslie Burton - 24 - was quoted as saying “People who can afford it go to England, people who can't are trapped, so it becomes an issue of who can pay for it...I had a friend who chose to study abroad here like me (I'm American), and she got pregnant here, far away from her family, and had to pay two thousand euros to get over to England, all on her own.  It's something that happens to all kinds of people at all times of their lives and you just need to be taken care of, wherever you are.”

Micheal O'Riordan - 23 - "I think we need abortion rights in Ireland because I believe it's a woman's right to decide when she has a child.  Parenting is probably the biggest most important job you can do so if you are unable to provide for your child, if it's not the right time, if it's a result of rape and your not willing to have a baby of a rapist, if your not old enough, if your in the middle of a college degree, there is so many reasons why abortion is needed in Ireland and it's only available to those people who can afford to travel to England at the moment so it's very elitist if you don't have enough money to make the journey and your just stuck, your made have a unwanted baby, an unwanted pregnancy .. it's unreal. "

Images were also collected of women and men expressing why they need to see abortion rights in Ireland.  

These will be part of a new Tumblr project by the ProChoice Alliance Cork.

Lots of exciting stuff this week as part of the National Abortion Rights Campaign's 10 days of action