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(en) wsm.ie: Angry picket of 100 outside rogue clinic on Dorset street
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:07:22 +0300
Over 100 people gathered outside Gianna Care, the rogue ‘pregnancy counselling' clinic on
Dorset Street, to express their anger and disgust after their bogus service was exposed by
a journalist, who went undercover as a pregnant woman seeking advice for her crisis
pregnancy. ---- The journalists video ( https://youtu.be/LUVvqWfdRbU ) was released to the
public, who could hear for themselves all sorts of nonsense, such as the claim that
abortion led to the development of breast cancer, that women could have difficulty bonding
with a child in the future after an abortion and ridiculous stories of women having all of
their reproductive organs removed during the procedure. ---- It sounds rather laughable,
but is not that surprising considering the horrific violation of women's reproductive
rights embedded in Irish law. This manifests in the absence of choice and support to
vulnerable women who seek termination of their pregnancies.
A number of speakers from Abortion Rights Campaign, Parents for Choice and political
parties expressed their outrage and frustration with the current situation, where the 8th
Amendment in the Irish Constitution gives to the foetus equal rights to the woman carrying
the pregnancy, stripping her of her right to bodily integrity.
Therefore, if a woman in crisis wants to terminate she must go abroad to the UK for the
The necessity for the regulation of the services providing support and information in
cases of crisis pregnancies was emphasised by the speakers, as well as the need to remove
the dogmatic and damaging lies from the narrative surrounding abortion, imposed by
Ahead of the picket the organisers, Real-Productive Health, said;
"Anti-choice ‘counsellors' who tell their clients that women who have had abortions are
more prone to breast cancer or are in danger of engaging in child-abuse are beneath contempt.
It reveals the depths to which they will go in trying to fool women in crisis and the
public generally, in order to deny women the right to control their own bodies. They are
not pro-life, they are pro-lies.
"We challenge the anti-choice campaigners to denounce this service, and also to admit
whatever connections may exist between them and fraudsters who peddle contemptible lies.
This situation has arisen because women are denied the right to abortion services in
Ireland. The Irish state continues to bury its head in the sand, all the while women are
lied to, denied accurate information and denied access to safe and legal services in their
own country. Ultimately, people who are pregnant are denied autonomy of their own body on
the Island of Ireland (both North and South).
"Politicians must call a referendum to REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMMENDMENT and stop exporting the
problem to England.
"Real-Productive Health calls on the women of Ireland and their pro-choice allies to stand
up to these anti-choice bullies. We demand that they stop lying in order to deny Women the
right to make choices about our own bodies, our futures and our lives."
The chants were loud and strong. The sense of solidarity was present. "Not the church, not
the state, women must decide their fate!".
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