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Abortion Rights Campaigners Gather For 10th Annual 'March For Choice'


04:56 25 Sep 2021

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The tenth annual 'March for Choice' took place this afternoon and called on the Government to tackle barriers to abortion in Ireland.

Campaigners gathered outside the Dáil to demand the Government taker urgent steps to address gaps in care.

Only half of maternity hospitals and just a small number of GPs offer access to an abortion.

This is despite the landslide victory to repeal the 8th amendment in 2018.

Campaigners say people are still travelling abroad for services which should be available here.

"It is still very difficult to get an abortion in this country, there are still far too many barriers," says Abortions Rights Campaign convener, Helen Stonehouse.

"We have mandatory three day waiting periods, it is just as difficult to get an abortion after 12 weeks as it was underneath the 8th Amendment and that has to change."

A review of the Termination of Pregnancy Act is due this year.

The protest heard calls for safe access zones around clinics, and accused groups of intimidating patients.

Yvie Murphy from Together for Safety outlined what kinds of issues those service users are faced with.

She says, "white crosses, graphic images, chanting, vigils, interception, recording, congregations and name calling are jsut some of what people have had to deal with when accessing healthcare."

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