Cork abortion rights protests this week

Readers of this blog will no doubt have become aware over the last few days of the case of a woman who became pregnant through rape and was refused an abortion in Ireland. Suicidal and desperate, she went on hunger strike and refused fluids. She was denied the abortion she repeatedly asked for and at approximately 24 weeks a C section was performed upon her, authorised by the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act. It has been reported that the woman believes the state denied her access to abortion for months so that the fetus would be viable. She had been deemed suicidal by a panel of three doctors.

This isn’t a work of fiction or a story cataloging abuses that happened in the distant past; this happened to a woman in Ireland in 2014.

Protests about this outrage are occurring all over Ireland and across the world. There are two protests in Cork in the coming week that I’ll be attending:

Wednesday 20 August
6pm – Cork Courthouse, 27 Washington Street
Saturday 23 August
12 noon – Bishop Lucey Park, Grand Parade

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