Why I’m Marching: For the sake of my Daughter

In this series of blogposts, pro-choice people recount their first or favourite Abortion Rights March in order to encourage those who may be thinking about coming to their first March on September 27th


I wasn’t born in Ireland. I was raised by my mum as my father worked away from home. She had had the choice of getting a termination in two cases – 1. when she was having me and 2. when carrying my younger sister as she was anaemic and not in the greatest of health. Her doctor told her it was in her own best interest to not go through with having us especially my younger sister. She had us both but was happy to have been given the option.

She moved back to Ireland with us in the 70s where the attitude towards women’s health was the exact opposite. She has always been pro-choice and I am proud to say I am too. It’s a Human Rights issue.

I am STILL sad I was too young to vote in the Referendum in the 80s. In my own experience I can remember being furious as being shown propaganda films on the evils of abortion in my all girl school – it was blatant and manipulative and meant to keep us in our place and all the more recently to find out that the boys didn’t see the same footage as us while they were at Secondary School.

I cannot wait to march on Saturday as it’s for my daughter’s rights and for women the world over – it has to start on our own doorstep. #IAMNOTAVESSEL

Margo Carr

Margo is a comedian and an actor. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in New York, London and all over Ireland. She has extensive back catalogue of theatre roles and short films. She appeared on the BBC in “Find Me The Funny.” She is happiest when making her little girl laugh, when she’s with her family and also (of course) on stage.