In a statement this evening People Before Profit announced that they will be taking part in the Abortion Pill Train to Belfast tomorrow.
A number of pro choice activists including Councillors and TD’s will be travelling to Belfast and will bring Abortion Pills back to Dublin with them.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Cllr Melisa Halpin (Dun Laoghaire) and Cllr Deirdre Wadding (Wexford) will be taking part in the action to highlight the lack of any real choice for pregnant women and girls in Ireland today.
In 1971 a number of activists took the famous “Contraception Train” to Belfast and returned with condoms which were then illegal in the Republic of Ireland. The action tomorrow will remember the women of 1971 and will show the hypocrisy of the Irish State, whose regime has seen over 150,000 women travel abroad for abortions in the last 30 years.
Cllr Melisa Halpin said: “Abortion is a lived reality for Irish women North and South. Women who have neither the means nor the ability to travel to England to have an abortion are increasingly turning to organisations like Women on Web to access safe abortion. Today’s action is about calling time on the Irish State’s hypocrisy on abortion and demanding access to free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland.”
Cllr Deirdre Wadding added: “I think it is essential that women have a choice and I am happy to be part of this action to highlight the fact that Irish women have no choice and that they have to travel to access options. Having been through the experience in 1981 of being a pregnant teenager sent to a mother and baby home, I believe none of us have the right to make choices for anyone else and every woman must have access to a full range of options.”
Richard Boyd Barrett TD added: “I am travelling to Belfast tomorrow as an act of solidarity with all the women who have had to travel to access their right to choose. In the last decades we have seen the horrendous cases of Ms X, A, B, C, D and the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, all because women in Ireland do not have the rights that their counterparts in the rest of Europe have. Most recently the case of Ms Y shows the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to be a total travesty. If we are to get real rights for women in Ireland we will need to Repeal the 8th Amendment.”