All are welcome to the second open meeting of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign (formerly Repeal the 8th London), the London branch of the Abortion Right Campaign which stands in solidarity with the 3,500+ women who travel outside of Ireland to access abortion every year.
The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign aims to bring together people in London to call for the Repeal of the 8th Amendment from the Irish constitution, and the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.
The agenda will be updated closer to the time but we are pleased to announce the following now:
Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment; Executive Adviser, YES EQUALITY Campaign; former Head of Women's Studies in UCD will be speaking
Emma Campbell, Chair of Alliance for Choice, a member-based organisation that campaigns for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland and abortion rights in NI
Ann Furedi, Chief executive of BPAS, the UK's largest independent abortion provider which has provided abortions to Irish women for a long time. BPAS offers reduced fees to women travelling from Ireland for abortion, as a charity it pledges to never turn away a woman it can lawfully treat, and recently launched a free telephone aftercare helpline for women in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man who have bought abortion medication online. Her recent book, The Moral Case for Abortion, is available from Amazon.
Dr. Leah Desmond, Doctors for Choice, an alliance of independent medical professionals and students advocating for comprehensive reproductive health services in Ireland, including the provision of safe and legal abortion for women who choose it.
Fiona de Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies, Deputy Head of Birmingham Law School, joint Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Law, an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She was also part of a group of lawyers who drafted model legislation for the Irish labour party in 2015. She regularly debates participates in public debates about abortion, and her views have been cited in the New York Times.
- Updates from working groups. Since our first open meeting, we've established 5 working groups (Lobbying, Media/Comms, Partnerships, Fundraising and Protest/Direct Action) who are all busy making plans.
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/207778933009663/
If you missed our first open meeting in November, you can read all about it here: http://www.repealeight.ie/london-meeting/
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