Abortion Rights Campaign announce 10 days of action demanding the government bring in X Case legislation before the Dáil is out for Summer.
During this 10 day period, thousands of postcards will be distributed physically and online around the country which the public will be urged to sign and return to their government representatives at Dáil Éireann. The message on the postcards will call for legislation in line with the 1992 Supreme Court Ruling on the X Case and make provisions for abortion access in Ireland for those whose lives are threatened by suicide.
These postcards will be distributed from street stalls and at a number of actions and events as part of a 10 day programme supporting abortion rights. You are invited to host your own street stall or event and feature it in a national programme – here is how;
1. Send us information about an abortion rights action or event you have already planned during this period around International Women’s Day for inclusion in the programme publicity- online and in print.
2. Look at the current contents of the programme (see below) and if you like, choose additional actions or events you would like to collaborate on, then let us know to include it in the programme publicity.
3. Contact us to access resources for running actions or events in this programme in your area (ie. films for screening, resources for street stalls , viewing party guide etc). Then let us know how you’d like us to feature you in the programme publicity.
Below is a list of items currently confirmed in this exciting programme. We are encouraging anything and everything from film screenings to pro-choice Mother’s Day gift making!
Whatever you have planned, make sure to get in touch with us to arrange delivery of postcards to you for distribution at your event/action.
Image and Language: Reclaiming Life Panel Discussion and Workshop
6.30-8pm 1st March 2013
Copper House Gallery, Stephens Lane, Dublin 8
For decades now the pro-life movement have mis-appropriated images and language related to reproduction in Ireland to further the ideology of a conservative establishment. This panel discussion will explore the impact of this practice on culture in Ireland. Panelists will present projects of reclamation through both artistic and feminist initiatives since the 1970’s through publishing houses and creative interventions.
The audience is invited to contribute through a workshop activity that will examine the potential for present day usage of images and language reflective of the shift in attitudes towards gender, fertility, reproduction and bodily
Copper House Gallery
Comedy & Cabaret for Choice
8pm Friday March 1st
Sugar Club, Leeson St,
Following on from the great success of ‘Trad for Choice’, we are proud to present – ‘Cabaret and Comedy for Choice’ - It's going to be the cabaret show to beat all cabaret shows, with a great mix of comedy, burlesque and drag performers.
An excellent opportunity to socialise with your pro-choice pals, and to support the Abortion Rights Campaign and The Abortion Support Network at the same time.
Dublin Nights for Choice
Women's Lives Matter - Rally for X
March 4th, 6pm,
Assemble Central Bank, Dame Street
March 4th 2013 is the eve of the 21st anniversary of the X Case. EU health ministers will be meeting in Dublin Castle that day. Come and demand that Ireland's Health Minister James Reilly takes action to protect women's lives and legislate for X.
No more delays - No more excuse - Action on X
Abortion - The Lives and Health of Women in Ireland
5th March, 11 am - 1 pm, registration from 10:30 am
National Women's Council of Ireland, 4th floor,
2/3 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
In the week of International Women's Day, the National Women's Council of Ireland will host a joint event with Doctors for Choice on Abortion -The Lives and Health of Women in Ireland.
Speakers will include:
Dr Mary Favier, Doctors For Choice
Marge Berer, Editor, Reproductive Health Matters
Orla O'Connor, Director, NWCI
Screen for Choice on Campus
6.30-9.30pm 6th March 2013
Multiple 3rd Level Education Venues around Ireland
This film screening will be hosted simultaneously by student groups across the country in 3rd Level educational institutes.
The screening programme will include ‘X is for Anonymous’ and selected extras from each hosting group.
Emma Campbell and Leszek Wolnik; Artists in Conversation with Daniel Jewesbury
6.30-8pm 6th March 2013
Copper House Gallery, Stephens Lane, Dublin 8
On the eve of International Women’s Day, artists Emma Campbell and Leszek Wolnik will present on their works on exhibition related to abortion in Ireland. This will include a listening space for recorded contributions by the public. Daniel Jewesbury will participate in conversation with
Copper House Gallery
Pro-Choice Street Stall
12-4pm 2nd March 2013
12-4pm 8th March 2013
11-12pm 9th March 2013
GPO Dublin 1
Abortion Rights Campaign will host a street stall with Choice Ireland so drop by with any questions you have. ‘Legislate for X before Summer is out’ Postcards will be available to sign and send to the Dáil.
Queer Ball for Choice
8th March - 7pm for workshop, 8pm for food,
performances and dancing starting at 10pm
Seomra spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court - Dublin 1
Queer Thing will be hosting a workshop & discussion on gender and choice, followed by a queer ball for choice with dinner, performances and dancing till late, BYOB. Dress in your finest!
Gender and Choice: Binaries, Bodies, and the State
This workshop will link up pro-choice and queer politics, introducing ideas around non-binary genders as well as discussing State intervention in our bodies which affects the autonomy of queer and trans folks as well as reproductive rights.
Feminist Walking Tour
2.30pm March 9th
Hugh Lane Gallery - Parnell Square North - Dublin 1
Dublin's annual Feminist Walking Tour will take visitors from
the north side to the south side, exploring women's struggles,
activism, and achievements through history. Free to all, activity sheets for kids will be provided, and join us afterwards for snacks and drinks at a location to be announced.
9th Of March, 1pm Grand Parade Cork city.
As the government debates legislation on the X Case and Youth Defence mobilise to prevent any change, the Pro-Choice Alliance Cork is calling on all supporters of a woman's right to choose to come out on the streets. There has been a sea change in attitudes to abortion in this country, as shown by the outcry over the tragic death of Savita Halapannavar. Yet the political establishment seem to want a narrow debate, focusing only on X Case legislation which may not even have saved Savita's life and will still see thousands of women leave Irish shores every day to access abortion. We believe that supporters of the right to choose must make our voices heard to demand both the strongest possible legislation from the government but also fundamental change to allow free, safe and legal access to abortion in Ireland."