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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #90 - The struggle for safe, legal abortion on demand continues by Aileen O'Carroll - WSM*

Date Sat, 01 Apr 2006 18:59:02 +0300

The struggle for safe, legal abortion on demand continues in Ireland
by Aileen O'Carroll - WSM - Workers Solidarity Tuesday, Jan 24
2006, 11:58am
ireland / britain / gender / interview

Interview with a member of new pro-choice youth group

Official Ireland pretends that abortion doesn't exist, the estimated
100,000 women who have travelled abroad to terminate pregnancies
since the 1983 amendment to the Constitution know different.
Workers Solidarity spoke to Niav Keating from the new pro-choice
youth group.

What is BODY?

BODY stands for Bold Open Decisive Youth. We are a diverse group
of young pro-choice activists that are campaigning for safe and legal
abortion services. We formed in October 2005, as a result of the
launch of the Irish Family Planning Association's 'Safe and Legal'
campaign. Our main objective is to push the Irish government to
hold a pro-choice referendum. We are also interested in
campaigning for free access to reproductive health care and

Why is the campaign for abortion rights important to you?

For me, abortion is a women's health issue. It is not a legal, moral or
ethical issue. As an anarchist and a feminist, I strongly support a
woman's right to choose. It's a woman's choice to decide whether or
not to continue with her pregnancy. I believe all women who choose
to terminate should be able to access free, safe and legal abortion
services within Ireland. Currently, seventeen women are forced to
leave Ireland every day to avail of abortion services outside the State.
This is totally unacceptable.

There have been lots of campaigns for abortion rights in the last
twenty years. We still don't have abortion in Ireland and it is an issue
that burns people out. Why do you think BODY will be more
effective than the other campaigns?

Although we still don't have access to abortion services in Ireland, in
the last twenty years activists have campaigned for and gained the
right to information and the right to travel. I think BODY could be
more effective than past campaigns. Our first action outside the Dail
in December 2005 received a very positive response. Activists from
Grassroots Dissent, Alliance For Choice, Labour Youth and the
Socialist Party participated including Joe Higgins TD. It also
gathered a lot of interest from the media in terms of newspaper
articles in the Irish Times and radio stations nationwide conducted
interviews with activists from BODY.

How can people get involved in the BODY campaign?

For more information or to get involved with BODY e-mail
choice_ireland@hotmail.com or contact Louise 086 329 3741.
Currently we are active in Dublin but we hope to form other groups
based in Cork and in Galway.. If you are in a crisis pregnancy
situation and would like information about all the options available to
you - parenting, fostering, adoption, and abortion contact the IFPA
on 1850 49 50 51 or visit the website: http://www.ifpa.ie

* From the anarchist journal of the WSM - Workers Solidarity 90, Jan/Feb 2005

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