The Lady IS for Turning

By Hazel Larkin I’m not entirely sure when I ‘turned’. I had a very typical rural Irish upbringing: Mass on a Sunday, religious orders in the single-sex schools we attended, and only RTÉ one and two on the tellybox. Critical thinking, certainly in our home, meant...
Pregnancy loss, abortion and notions of life

Pregnancy loss, abortion and notions of life

By Jenna Healy I remember hearing the news that someone I knew was six weeks pregnant. The eyes of the person next to me widened seriously. “That’s very early to be telling people, isn’t it?” she said gravely and quietly. I didn’t know then, as I know now, that the...
It’s Time

It’s Time

Illustration by Róisín Blade/ Words by Hazel Katherine Larkin One old white man said ‘No! ‘Sorry(notsorry) it’s just gotta go. ‘It offends my sense of what is right ‘Painted right there, in broad daylight ‘That mural, calling to repeal the eighth? ‘Yeah,...
The 8th and loss

The 8th and loss

By Gillian I have always been a pro-choice woman. As a teenager I knew that if I had a crisis pregnancy I would need options. As a pregnant woman I wanted to choose what happened to my body and to my unborn child. As a mother who had a miscarriage I needed the choice...
What about the babies?

What about the babies?

By Helen ‘But what about the baby? How can you be for abortion when you are a parent?’ is a question I often hear when I express the view that a woman should be free to make the choices that are right for her in her pregnancy. When I look at my daughter toddling...

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