Reflecting on 2013 and looking towards the Repeal of the 8th Amendment

Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas is celebrated in Ireland on January 6th. It’s an old tradition which has been passed down from one generation to the next. Between ‘decking the halls’;  choosing  the perfect gifts; cooking biggest and most extravagant dinner of the year;  visiting your-of-the-way relatives and the mandatory ‘rockin’ around the christmas tree’ – the holiday season can be a tough old slog! January 6th is often the day the Christmas decorations come down and traditionally in Ireland it’s a day when women would take the day off, put their feet up –  and hand over all domestic duties to the men and children in their lives.

Here at the Abortion Rights Campaign, we’ve had an incredibly busy 2013! Some of the highlights include the launch of our campaign in March with ‘10 days of Abortion Rights Action’; the distribution of 30,000 ‘Greetings from Ireland’ postcards to our supporters;  Backing a woman’s right to choose at the Galway Races; the introduction of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill ; the March for Choice;  the BPAS Notice in the Irish Times;  making a submission to the Convention on the Constitution and rounding the year off with our wonderful “Choicemas Party” in December!

On January 6th we took a one-day break from active campaigning during which we asked others to help out and sign the petition to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the broad coalition of groups, individuals and politicians who are coming together with a view to Repealing the 8th Amendment in the coming years. Together we will help transform Ireland into a place that values the health and respects the human rights of it’s residents.