Support Reproductive Rights in Ireland. Legalise Abortion NOW
  • Petitioned James Reilly

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Minister for Health
James Reilly
Minister for Justice and Equality
Alan Shatter
Taoiseach of Ireland
Enda Kenny

Support Reproductive Rights in Ireland. Legalise Abortion NOW

    1. Roisin Davis
    2. Petition by

      Roisin Davis

      Belfast, Ireland

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Ireland is one of only two EU countries where women cannot have an abortion, as the recent death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway has so shockingly brought to the fore.  Despite pressure from international bodies like the UN and the European Parliament, Ireland's government continues to deny women choice over their own bodies, their own decisions and their own lives.

Each year, thousands of women in Ireland are forced to travel abroad seeking abortions, often unaccompanied, vulnerable and with few resources. For example, Information released by the UK’s Department of Health, shows that between 2008 and 2011, a total of 17,574 Irish women sought abortions.

It is time for Ireland to reform its medieval stance on women’s rights and women’s health. This campaign calls for SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION IN IRELAND, IRRESPECTIVE OF MEDICAL NEED. We demand that Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, its Minister of Health, James Reilly, and its Justice Minister, Alan Shatter take action.

We, the undersigned, refuse to acknowledge the Republic of Ireland as recognising the rights of women until they are given the right to choose!

Some of the supporters of this campaign:

- Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (Intl.)

- Verso Books, UK/U.S.A

- Dr. Drucilla Cornell. Rutgers University, NY. USA.

- Peter Fitzmaurice, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

- Dr. Gerard Horta, University of Barcelona. Spain

- Dr. Alfonso Herranz, University of Barcelona. Spain.

- Fionna Smyth. Campaigns Manager, Oxfam International

- Professor Ajmal Hussain, Aston University, UK

- Dr. Ann Nilssen, University of Bergen, Norway

- Albert Kraler, ICMPD, Vienna. Austria

- Alina Cibea, ICMPD, Vienna. Austria.

- Amie Williams, Director, Global Girl Media. USA

- Dr. Niall Whelehan, NUI, Galway. Ireland

- Dr. Helena Wray. Middlesex University, UK.

- Dr. Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University, UK.

- Dr. Sara Lipton, Dept. of History. SUNY Stony Brook. USA

- Ivana Jinkings, Publisher, Biotempo, Brazil

- Rebecca Solnit, author and activist, San Francisco. USA

- Dr. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College, Claremont. USA

- Dr. Patricia Morton, History of Art Dept. UC Riverside. USA

- Dr. Alessandra Moctezuma, Mesa College. USA

- Dr. Devra Weber, UC Riverside. USA

- Licia Boccaletti, Anziani e Non Solo società cooperativa, Italy.

-  Dr Anita Heiss, Author, Australia

- Montserrat Bayà, AELC, Catalonia, Spain.           

- Elisabet Goula Sarda, CCCB, Catalonia, Spain.

- Amalia Molinero, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Spain

- Della Rowley,  SA Health Manager, Adelaide Area, Australia

- Dr Estevao Cabral, University of Birmingham

-  Prof. Kenneth Good, RMIT Melbourne, Australia




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      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Life on the planet is born of woman.

      • Today's women

      Born yesterday

      Dealing with tomorrow

      Not yet where we're going

      But not still where we were.

      • Women have been the truly active people in all cultures, without whom human society would long ago have perished, though our activity has most often been on the behalf of men and children.

      • I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women's movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men - insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchal idea - have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included.

      • The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.

      • But to be a female human being trying to fulfill traditional female functions in a traditional way is in direct conflict with the subversive function of the imagination.

      • Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.

      • When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.

      • Lying is done with words and also with silence.

      • False history gets made all day, any day,

      the truth of the new is never on the news

      • If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.

      • There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.

      (Adrienne Rich)

      Patriarchy is the homeland of males; it is Father Land; and men are its agents.

      The fact is that we live in a profoundly anti-female society, a misogynistic "civilization" in which men collectively victimize women, attacking us as personifications of their own paranoid fears, as The Enemy. Within this society it is men who rape, who sap women's energy, who deny women economic and political power.

      Males do indeed deeply identify with "unwanted fetal tissue," for they sense as their own condition the role of controller, possessor, inhabitor of women. Draining female energy, they feel "fetal." Since this perpetual fetal state is fatal to the Self of the eternal mother (Hostess), males fear women's recognition of this real condition, which would render them infinitely "unwanted." For this attraction/need of males for female energy, seen for what it is, is necrophilia -- not in the sense of love for actual corpses, but of love for those victimized into a state of living death.

      Courage is like -- it's a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It's like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.

      (Mary Daly)

    • Leigh Ashmore GALWAY, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      It's fundamentally wrong for a woman in a developed society to be subject to such misogynistic and patriarchal legislation.

      • over 1 year ago

      It's ridiculous that in a modern age were we have the medicine and technology to help countless women in unfortunate and sometimes horrific situations help is denied due to outdated and bigoted laws.

    • Megan Cleary LIMERICK, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Ireland needs to empower women to make their own choices about their bodies.

    • Morgan Buckley LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm from artane in Dublin. Abroad studying.


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