Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Monday, 26 September 2016

abortion ireland

11 Amazing People From The Pro-Choice Protest Marches Against Ireland's Oppressive Abortion Laws

The Debrief: This weekend saw people worldwide protest abortion laws.

Across the world this weekend, women and men came together in solidarity against outdated abortion laws.

The specific focus was on Ireland where protesters called for the government to #repealthe8th in reference to Ireland's 8th ammendment which, in 1983, introduced a constitutional ban on abortion.

Currently, all abortion in Ireland is illegal except if the mothers' life is at risk - an addeundum that was only added as recently as 2013.

Thousands of excellent people turned out across the world to call for change, braving, in Dublin, the rain, a cancellation of busses and bearing signs, t-shirts and showing up with friends and family.

Here's some of those excellent people.

1. These fantastic women who can't be stopped by rain


#repealthe8th #marchforchoice #riseandrepeal #prochoice #wanthemots

A photo posted by Lulu Rose (@luriennejewel) on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT

2. This brilliant guy who reckons if gay marriage is legal, abortions should be too


□ @gordon.hickey #repealthe8th #repealtheeighth #freesafelegal #marchforchoice #marchforchoice2016

A photo posted by Laura Cunningham (@cunninghamlaura) on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:55am PDT

3. This super trooper of a lady who has got arm muscles of steel


Sore arms 4 choice !! #newsweek #marchforchoice

A photo posted by Aoibheann Houston (@aoibhzxx) on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:47am PDT

 4. This marvellous woman who is #done with your nonsense

 5. The ace Cillian Murphy who can really rock a pac-a-mac


Actor Cillian Murphy at March For Choice. #CillianMurphy #MarchForChoice #RepealThe8th #ProChoice #ArcMarch16

A photo posted by Repeal The 8th. (@mangostaprochoice) on Sep 25, 2016 at 4:22pm PDT

 6. The awe-inspiring women from Dublin City University's Feminist Society

 7. This kick-ass family

 8. This banging jacket that we would like to purchase


Gimme dat jacket □ #repealthe8th #marchforchoice

A photo posted by Siobhra✨ (@_siobhra_) on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:44am PDT

 9. This super woman who is so over the 8th


#marchforchoice #bestplacards

A photo posted by amov rochkov (@rochfora) on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:27am PDT

 10. This talented woman who is using her artistic skills for an excellent purpose


Some of the banners though #marchforchoice #dublin #repealthe8th #gas

A photo posted by Siobhan Stella (@stella130492) on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:24am PDT

 11. And these wonderful women who are totally in charge


Look at my two gal pals ❤ #repealthe8th #marchforchoice

A photo posted by Olivia (@suitableforvegetarians) on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:56am PDT

Poland is another European country with very strict abortion laws and, this weekend, Poles in their thousands took part in ten protests against INSANE new proposed laws that would ban abortion completely. At the moment, it is only legal when there is 'severe and irreversible damage to the foetus, a serious threat to the mother's health, or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.'

Natalia, the Debrief's Creative Editor, hails from Poland. Her mum, Ania and her friend Teresa went down to the protest happening in Warsaw yesterday where they kindly took this picture for us.

poland abortion protest

And, as a bonus, here's Natalia's mum Ania and her friend Teresa making their voices heard. Keep being awesome..

polish abortion protest

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