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Women / Abortion


12 October 2016

Poland: Mass movement stops total ban on abortion

On 6 October women in Poland won a crucial victory against proposed legislation to impose a near-total ban on abortion

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5 October 2016

Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment!

Ruth Coppinger, Anti Austerity Alliance TD (MP) and Socialist Party (CWI, Ireland) member, gave a widely publicised speech in the Irish parliament on a woman's right to choose. This follows a recent historic mass demonstration in favour of abortion rights.

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5 October 2016

Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law

A mass movement is developing in Poland against the Law and Justice-led government's reactionary bill which bans abortions. This has included demonstarions of hundreds of thousands and a women's strike on 3 October.

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5 October 2016

Leeds: Solidarity demo with Irish abortion fight

Socialists in Leeds called on the Irish government to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution at a city centre solidarity protest on 27 September. The amendment bans abortions.

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13 July 2016

CWI in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world including the fight for abortion rights in Ireland, solidarity with striking Walmart workers in China and a CWI member contesting a council seat in Brazil.

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27 April 2016

Poland: anger at abortion ban plan

A plan by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland has angered a significant section of the population. It has sparked a series of city demonstrations and a large movement fighting for abortion rights.

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14 April 2016

"Not the church, not the state - women must decide their fate!"

Socialist Party members joined hundreds protesting at the Polish embassy in London on 9 April in solidarity with thousands demonstrating in Warsaw and at other embassies around the world against attacks on abortion rights

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2 March 2016

International Women's Day 2016: Should women support Hillary Clinton?

Confusion, soul-searching and outright horror. These words could accurately describe the response of the establishment press and political figures, world over, to the growing support for Bernie Sanders

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20 January 2016

Northern Ireland: Defy anti-abortion laws

Campaign group Fight4Equality has described the prosecution of a young women for accessing abortion pills as "ludicrous"

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9 December 2015

Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights

On 30 November, in a landmark case, Belfast High Court ruled that Northern Ireland's archaic abortion laws contravene human rights and that terminations should be permitted in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and where pregnancy is the result of sexual crime.

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2 December 2015

Women: fight for equality, fight for socialism

It's hard to believe that in the 1990s, articles were appearing asking: "Is the future female?" and "Are we witnessing a genderquake?" Women are still a long way from being liberated.

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Disobedient Objects, photo V&A

Disobedient Objects, photo V&A

12 November 2014

Exhibition review: Disobedient Objects

This exhibition takes people on a journey through protests around the world and across time through objects, protest art and design

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29 October 2014

Dublin TD promotes pro-choice campaign

Ruth Coppinger, a Socialist Party TD in the Republic of Ireland parliament travelled to Northern Ireland on Tuesday along with 30 other pro-choice activists to receive abortion pills from the pro-choice organisation Women on Web

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22 October 2014

International day of action for abortion rights in Ireland

On 28 October protests will take place at Irish embassies and consulates around the world, called by Irish campaign ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity)

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24 September 2014

Obvious Child

Film review: Obvious child, described as an "abortion rom-com", is ground-breaking cinema not because of special effects, but because it's a realistic portrayal of a woman deciding on and getting an abortion, writes Helen Pattison.

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Stop Victim Blaming - slut walk London September 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

Stop Victim Blaming - slut walk London September 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

17 July 2013

End violence against women!

Under capitalism the stereotypical representations of women which abound in the media, advertising and general culture have their roots in the rise of class society, wrote Christine Thomas in her book 'It doesn't have to be like this: women and the struggle for socialism'

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29 January 2013

Rape is No Joke

Following high profile cases such as those of Julian Assange and Dominique Strauss Khan, there has been much debate recently about rape and sexual assault...

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Women and the struggle for socialism, photo Suzanne Beishon

10 December 2012

Socialist Women plan campaigning for 2013

On 5 and 6 January a Socialist Party national women's meeting will take place. In the lead up to this two regions of the Socialist Party report on similar meetings they have organised

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21 November 2012

Tragic death of Savita Halappanavar

Action needed to allow access to abortion in Ireland: On Sunday 28 October Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old woman from India, died in Galway University Hospital in Ireland, writes Rita Harrold, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) and pro-choice activist.

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19 November 2012

Abortion rights letter being handed to Irish embassy, Wednesday

The following letter, signed by Socialist Party members including several leading trade unionists, will be handed to the Irish embassy in London (17 Grosvenor Place) at 9am Wednesday morning as part of an international day of action for abortion rights in Ireland...

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