How Irish Women Campaigned to Win Abortion Rights and Overturn a Constitutional Ban

On Friday, Irish citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of repealing their country’s amendment banning abortion in nearly all circumstances. This article, published on May 21, tells the story of the women who worked to help secure this victory.

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Protestors in London march to raise awareness of the significant number of women from the Irish isle who seek abortions in Britain every year, a consequence of the abortion bans in Ireland and Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Alastair Moore via the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign)
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Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Sepetember 2017. Varadkar, Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister, and his administration called for the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. (via Wikimedia Commons)
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Abortion rights advocates march in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2012 as a part of a larger protest for progressive government policy. (via Wikimedia Commons)

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