Blessed Be The Fruit: the holy war on Irish wombs

On May 25th 2018, Ireland voted by a large majority to overturn its abortion laws – which were amongst the most restrictive in the world. 

Irish women fought to overturn the hated Eighth Amendment to Ireland's constitution, which gave a foetus the same right to life as it’s mother from the moment of conception – and which forced 3,000 Irish women each year to travel overseas to end pregnancies, even those caused by rape or incest. 

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.

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