Thousands Rally in Dublin Against Ireland’s Abortion Ban

Source: The New York Times

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Thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday to demand an end to the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, one of the strictest such laws in the Western world.

The March for Choice is an annual protest against the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which enshrines a ban on abortions, but this year it was held just days after the government announced it would hold a referendum next year that could potentially change the law.

Protesters in London tallied with chalk the number of Irish women who have traveled to England to have abortions. CreditChris J Ratcliffe/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Saturday’s rally in Ireland’s capital drew demonstrators from across the country and led to solidarity events in several British cities. Crowds marched through the streets chanting slogans like “Get your rosaries off my ovaries” — a reference to the historical influence of the Roman Catholic Church on the country’s laws.

An Irish Times report estimated that 30,000 people took part. Counter demonstrators, in small numbers, handed out fliers.

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