Blessed Be The Fruit: the holy war on Irish wombs
Every year 3000 Irish women, unable to get abortions in their own country, travel to Britain to end pregnancies. Terminations are illegal, even in cases of rape. In 2012 Savita Halappanavar died after doctors refused her an abortion. Her death shocked Ireland and brought new awareness and energy to the campaign to repeal anti abortion laws. Suddenly, the fight to win a referendum on abortion was not just about women taking control of their bodies, it was also about changing the role of women in this traditional, Catholic country. On May 25th, 2018, the country voted overwhelmingly to renounce their abortion laws.