Countries which make abortion legal & bring in free contraception always see abortion rates drop. Right now we have no idea what the complete abortion rates for people living in Ireland is. This is due to a number of factors.
Not everyone who travels to the UK gives an Irish address, some will give the UK address of a friend or family member. Some people travel to The Netherlands & again don’t give an Irish address but a friends or family members address. Some travel to other countries but only the UK & the Netherlands report back stats of those who gave an Irish address.
Both & have given stats about the number of people who contact them, but again we don’t know how many are actually using the abortion pills. Some people may order them and then choose not to take them as they have had a change or circumstance.
Anytime you hear/read statements about increased abortion rates, remember we only have a guestiment of current numbers. But we do know, as in Switzerland making abortion legal + free contraception = low rates of abortion.
And free contraceptive services for anyone who needs them was recommended by the Joint Oirteachtas Committee and is part of the plans Simon Harris as Minister for Health will be putting in place.
So after we Vote Yes on the 25th of May we need to let the Minister and our TDs know we support Free contraceptive services for everyone.
This is one of the posts created with the support of my go fund me campaign.
I have been invited by Offlay Together for Yes to Tullamore on Thursday evening, the 3rd of May, more details to come.
I have been invited to Together for Tunes by Maynooth Together for Yes taking place April 25th in The Roost.
I am going to Galway to take part in an LGBT+ Repeal discussion in Teach Solais on April 26th.
It’d be from 7-9pm in Teach Solais with a social after in Nova bar.
I am very much looking forward to this, Repealthe8th is a LGBT Issue.
Abortion stigma damaging to the mental health of those who have had an abortion and those who may have an abortion.
The research has been published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly and is available online on UL’s institutional repository.
Dr Aisling O’Donnell of UL’s Department of Psychology, who led the research, explains: “While in the past, it has been assumed that having an abortion leads to worse mental or physical health, there has been no research-based evidence that this is the case. However, there is evidence that women who have abortions are stigmatised, and also that numerous types of stigma are linked to worse mental and physical health. That was the starting point for our research.”
Dr O’Donnell and her team, investigated whether the health issues that related to stigma also applied to the stigma surrounding abortion. The team focused particularly on Ireland, using online surveys to gather information from women who had had abortions about their feelings of stigmatisation and other mental and physical health symptoms.
“In Ireland, no one can escape the knowledge that abortion is stigmatised in our society, and this includes women who access abortion services,” Dr O’Donnell says.
“When women internalise this stigma, they feel isolated from others, and in turn this is associated with psychological and physical health problems.”
As her team’s research has found very real health problems associated with stigmatisation Dr O’Donnell believes that it is incumbent on all citizens to reduce stigmatisation of those who have had abortions.
Abortion stigma is real and unfortunately we are being bombarded with it currently, by the Vote No sides of the the referendum campaign.
Abortion stigma effected my well being and it if effect the well being of people all over Ireland, the sooner it is considered a harmful relic by us all the better it will be.
I have been delighted to be asked to speak at the Kilkenny launch of Autonomy. Tara Flynn and I will both in the Book Centre at 5pm to launch this compilation.
The 8th Amendment is more than abortion rights, it is right to medical consent in pregnancy and much more.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and contributed to the gofund me.
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Already between me filming this and posting it, the amount raised has gone from 130,000 to 150,000!
This is how Together For Yes will raise the money which will be spent on the campaign, from prochoice people all over Ireland. We have been waiting a long time for this to happen, it’s been over 5 years from when the Abortion Rights Campaign was founded, to bring about a referendum and it’s members from all over the country have been working and preparing.
More blog posts to come soon, still feck that’s the fund raiser today and the restoration of the Maser Mural yesterday which have had me crying, but they are happy tears! No doubt more will be shed between now and the 25th of May!
With the Go Fund Me campaign having been an amazing success I have started the planning to get to every country, between now and the 25th of May!
If you didn’t see the campaign and goals you can read them here.
I have a calendar for this, to track were I will be https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=cjRicm8zdmg1dTk2NHJtMmNtczgzdTI3bzhAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ
I will be on Thursday the 5th of April, in Dublin West helping to MC the fundraising Table Quiz which is being held in Myos in Castle knock at 7pm.
I will be in Dundalk on Wednesday 18th of April at 7:30pm in the an Tain center as a panel speak for a debate on the 8th amendment.
I will be in Killkenny on Friday 27th of April 6pm The Book Centre, for the launch of Autonomy a women-led collection of stories, poems, memoirs, essays, articles, screenplays and more exploring what it means to have bodily autonomy.
I will keep this updated as more events and dates are organised!