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This Legislation is Shite Festival

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Áras na nGael

45 Dominick Street Lower

H91 E1NY Galway

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Galway Pro-Choice presents 'This Legislation is Shite Festival,' on Saturday May 23rd - 2 years after the Irish public voted to repeal the 8th amendment from the constitution. 2pm to LATE at Club Áras na nGael. The festival is intended to fundraise, to raise awareness about the inherent problems with our current abortion legislation as we move toward a legislative review, to stigma break, and to have a day of feminist activist camaraderie. We welcome any feminist musicians, artists, poets, activist groups who want to present, perform, or have a stall to send us an email: prochoicegalway@gmail.com


Secondhand Underpants*: An Istanbul-based riot-grrrl band, Secondhand Underpants tears at the patriarchy and racist borders. “So killer. Off-kilter, wild sounds that remind me of the Lunachicks / L7 era of CA punk, super lo-fi rampage, tough girl vocals and yowling guitars” said MaximumRocknroll. Drummer, Temmuz Gürbüz has made Galway her home over the last three years and has been part of local feminist and activist communities.

*We are dying to welcome Secondhand Underpants to their first Irish gig, but due to unfair barriers created by these borders including visas and costs, we are fundraising to support their costs. You can donate to getting them to us here: https://bit.ly/2u4g3Gb . No borders, no binaries in our feminist festival, tell your friends.

https://bit.ly/38T7BbD / https://spoti.fi/2RClyos

Gender Chores: Coming down to Galway from the North, “Bangor's baddest bitches. tackling life's grievances and offending ur local white boy one angry punk song at a time…Gender Chores is heavily influenced by the riot grrrl manifesto, with our sociopolitical lyrics, dealing with feminism and tackling important issues.” Each of their songs are sure to have the Aras on fire with our angry feminist hearts. “I brought you a drink love, now giz a smile.”

https://bit.ly/2RXBHUl / https://spoti.fi/2U66gtS

I, Doris: A feminist indie-pop band from London: they rail against society’s tendency to disregard ‘women over 40’, denying them their voice, their individuality, and even their name. “Just some Doris, you can just ignore us. Don’t need to know my name. Girls are all the same …” On-stage, the band are all called Doris, as emblazoned in diamantes on their trademark tabbards. Off-stage, they’re Cassie Fox (founder of the LOUD WOMEN festival – bass and vox), Lucy Morgan (ex-Thee Faction – keytar and vox), Abby Werth (Argonaut – guitar and vox), and Louisa Edwards Knight (Crack Foxes – drums). “60s girl-group style pop with lashings of fuzzy punk and plenty of good-humoured swipes at the patriarchy. At least, we think they’re good-humoured.” – Louderthanwar

https://bit.ly/2U7O0QE / https://spoti.fi/37BCiSd

Tracy Bruen: Galway musician and multi instrumentalist, Tracy Bruen, [Galway's Original Solo Artist of the Year 2015 (Galway Advertiser)] writes music which seamlessly blends and bends the genres of folk, prog, pop, and indie. Her music is crafted around her spellbinding vocals, stories and a theatrical flair. She has performed for Galway Pro-Choice at our 2017 ‘Choice Tunes’ gig and in memoriam of Savita Halappanavar. She has canvassed and volunteered during the repeal referendum and has been a strong supporter of the pro-choice cause which is reflected in the lyrics of her songs.

https://bit.ly/37AWELq / https://spoti.fi/36HyjTb

Katie O’Connor: If you’re a Galway local, you’ve probably seen Katie busking on Shop Street as the street is one of her favourite platforms. You may have seen her busking and playing shows somewhere else around the world as well. Influenced by musicians such as Tegan and Sara and Damien Rice with songs and stories entwined, Katie delivers a gripping performance each and every time backed up by powerful lyrics and an unrivalled raspy voice.

https://bit.ly/36y8k0l / https://spoti.fi/37DwfwC

Margaret O’Connor: Will close out the night with a DJ set, part of the Gash Collective – an Irish collective focused on supporting womxn & LGBTQ+ producers & DJ’s. Always the best way to end a night.


That's right, this legislation is SHITE and we are not going to rest until abortion in Ireland is accessible for all. What's shite about it? Well, there is a mandatory 3 day waiting period for a person seeking an abortion - that's two different doctors’ appointments needing to be organised and attended because our politicians were too afraid to let pregnant people make decisions about their body without having to go home and have a wee think. That's extremely harmful to a person in an abusive relationship, to someone in a rural area needing to travel long distances to an appointment, to a low income person who cannot afford two separate trips, we could go on. It would have been VERY easy for the legislation to be trans inclusive but they didn't want to take that advice - not only women can get pregnant and we should not force a trans man to identify as a woman especially after coming this far in regard to gender identity rights. Galway Pro-Choice firmly believes that a person should have access to an abortion as early as possible and as late as necessary and that decision is up to the pregnant person with advice from medical professionals. 12 weeks is limited as it is and our legislators decided to include a clause about menstrual cycles in order to measure this time frame - this is unprecedented in regard to similar legislation abroad, does not make sense for each person's body, and can end up diminishing the actual time frame to 10 weeks gestation. The inclusion of menstrual cycles in a piece of legislation is honestly, fucking creepy. Not good enough. The wording regarding fatal foetal abnormalities and risks to a person's health are vague, doctors warned about this grey area and vague wording - it has led to people in these situations still traveling to the UK for abortion procedures. We fought too hard for people experiencing tragedies such as those to be needing to hop on a RyanAir flight and take their mourning through TSA. Simon Harris promised exclusion zones to prevent protests outside of places that offer abortion services but we have yet to see that put in place. There are not enough GPs offering the services in general, people are needing to travel long distances in order to access care - we need to increase the amount of healthcare facilities providing abortions and as the legislation stands it is not making the option very appealing to medical professionals. We need to stand with migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Ireland and need access to abortion services. We stand against direct provision and the current abortion legislation is especially hard on asylum seekers in this system. The legislation hurts the most vulnerable of our society. It is not the legislation that we fought for and it is not what we will accept. Stop policing our bodies and let us make our own decisions and access the care that we need.



Tickets: 10 euro, 8 euro concession, free for anyone in Direct Provision. Buy tickets now on Eventbrite or at the door.

All proceeds go to: Galway Pro-Choice, MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers, and Abortion Support Network.

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