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The X-ile Project: Helping Make The Case For Abortion In Ireland
Around 12 women per day leave Ireland to access abortion services in Britain
Let’s take a moment to feel immense gratitude for the fact that we live in a country where women are not denied the right to make their own health decisions.
America’s 50-year-long war on abortion is chilling. Pro-choice campaigners remain locked in a battle to give women across all states access to quality reproductive healthcare (abortions included). Their recent struggles have been making international headlines as the 2019 presidential campaign rolls on and the inequalities women still face are spotlit. Thought leaders and tastemakers – Hillary Clinton, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Banks, Scarlett Johannsson and Julianne Moore, included – have all spoken out in support of Planned Parenthood (America’s nonprofit reproductive health service provider).
But it’s not just thousands of miles away that women are being denied the freedom to chose how they manage their reproductive healthcare. In Ireland women’s bodies are strictly policed too.
Abortion is illegal in Ireland unless the pregnancy presents a real and substantial risk to the mother’s life (risk of suicide is included). The 8th amendment states that an embryo or foetus has equal right to life as a pregnant woman – therefore criminalising abortion.
A powerful new volunteer project, X-ile, is committed to getting this amendment (that infringes on the human rights of women in Ireland) repealed. Spearheaded by pro-choice campaigners from Ireland, one of the ways they believe this retraction can be accelerated is by de-stigmatising abortion.
To wit, the five founding female members of the X-ile project are publishing an online gallery featuring portraits of some of the women and trans-men who have accessed abortion services outside of Ireland and agreed to make their faces public. It’s moving and impactful.
Katie O’Neill, an artist, musician and feminist activist from Dublin, took the photographs of the first 11 women whose portraits have launched the gallery.
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