“It’s a victory for them all”
Coventry Socialist Party members celebrate referendum result in Ireland
Women across the world are celebrating what looks set to be a massive victory for the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution. This is a stunning result for the socialist movement, and all those interested in advancing our rights. The Socialist Party in Ireland – with Rosa, the Socialist Feminist Movement, have played a leading role in the campaign. We spoke to two socialist women trade unionists (in a personal capacity) in Coventry to get their reaction.
Nicky, a leading activist for the National Education Union stated
“So proud of our sisters in ROSA and comrades in Socialist Party Ireland. This historic victory will be remembered for changing the lives of women faced with agonising choices. No longer will women have to leave the country in shame for an abortion or have illegal unsafe abortions. The YES campaign has shown how far behind the church and state is from the beliefs of most Irish men and women. It’s a victory for them all.”
Meanwhile Helen, a UNISON shop steward, explained
“The landslide victory for the Yes campaign in Ireland is a huge step forward, not just for those who campaigned and voted, but for future generations of women and girls.
No longer will pregnancy mean that the life of the woman becomes of secondary importance to a foetus that in some case is not even viable.
No longer will women have to go to extraordinary lengths to get the abortion they need.
No longer will women be denied appropriate medical treatment when their health is at risk.
No longer will women have to forgo after care and counselling following an abortion. A future where Ireland’s mothers, grandmothers, wives, partners, sisters and daughters can be properly cared for will be a better Ireland for all. Congratulations to ROSA and the Socialist Party for a very determined and positive campaign.”
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