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Repeal the 8th - Ireland votes on right to abortion

On the 25 May, the Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum over access to abortion in Ireland. Ireland currently has one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world with abortion only being legal if a woman’s pregnancy poses an immediate threat to her life. Serious health issues that are not life threatening don’t count. There are no exceptions for cases involving rape or incest. And abortion is also banned in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, so an Irish woman would have to carry a stillborn pregnancy to full term.

At Zero Tolerance we maintain that abortion is basic healthcare right and denying or reducing access to it denies women’s rights; it denies our bodily autonomy and is a form of structural violence against women and girls (VAWG). We stand in solidarity with our Irish sisters and hope that Irish citizens will vote to repeal the 8th amendment.

If you are able to vote in Ireland

The deadline to register to vote is 8 May - check if you are registered here.

Students studying abroad - NUS has information about travel bursaries here.

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has a list of ways you can help.

If you are not able to vote in Ireland

We owe it to Irish women to lend them our support. The Pool has a list of ways you can help if you aren't able to vote.

For more on Zero Tolerance's stance on abortion read our blog here or read Engender's report Our Bodies Our Choice.

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