Hundreds of pro-choice protesters gathered outside the Irish embassy in London last Saturday to demand abortion rights for women in Ireland.
They drew 205,704 white marks outside the embassy—the same number of women who have travelled to Britain for an abortion since 1983. People chanted, “34 years since ‘83, stop sending women across the sea”.
The protest came as around 30,000 people demonstrated in Dublin. They called on the government to repeal the eighth amendment, which gives a foetus an equal “right to life” as a woman.
Ireland’s government last week announced there will be a referendum on the issue.
Linda Kavanagh from the Abortion Rights Campaign said the amendment had caused “untold misery and damage”.
The campaign stressed that any referendum must give voters the choice to repeal the eighth amendment, not simply replace it.