An International Day of Action for Legal Abortion in Ireland following the tragic and unnecessary death of Savita Halappanavar will take place on Wednesday 21st of November. There will also be a picket at the Irish Parliament, The Dail. Pickets will take place at Irish Embassies or central city locations across the world to register our disgust at the death of this woman due to the ambiguity around the issue in Ireland. Ireland’s abortion laws are antiquated and must be changed. This would never have happened if women had the right to choose in Ireland. Demand change now, picket your local embassy! Post details of our local event here and we’ll add them to the description. http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=285 Protesters at embassies are being asked to hand in a letter of protest. A standard letter will be available soon, or you can write your own.
IRELAND Rally at the Dail, 150 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 Dublin, Ireland
INDIA Protest Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:30 until 19:00 in UTC+05:30 at the Town Hall in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka
UK London Press call/picket at the Irish Embassy in London at 9am to allow or the student protests later in the day
Edinburgh Scottish Solidarity Protest 5:30pm Irish Consulate, 16 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
GERMANY Vigil for Savita and protest Irish abortion law outside the Irish embassy in Berlin 6pm Botschaft von Irland Jägerstraße 51 10117 Berlin
BELGIUM Vigil at 6pm at Irish Embassy, Chaussee d’Etterbeek 180, Bruxelles 1040, Belgium
International Day of Action for Legal Abortion in Ireland Following Tragic, Unnecessary Death of Savita Halappanavar
· Protests to be held at Irish Embassies across the world and at the Dail Wednesday 21st November
· Letter of Protest signed by MEPs to be sent to Taoiseach
Socialist Party / United Left Alliance MEP Paul Murphy today called for an international day of action for legal abortion in Ireland following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar:
“The death of Savita Halappananavar is the tragic and unnecessary result of the failure of Irish governments to introduce abortion legislation. The failure to separate Church and state has resulted in the Catholic Church in Ireland having an over-bearing, conservative grip on health and educational policies.
“I am calling for an international day of action for Wednesday 21st to call for legal abortion to be introduced in Ireland. Protests will be held in cities and at Irish embassies across the world to put pressure on the Irish government to introduce legal abortion. Already I know that protests will take place in cities across Britain, in Belgium, Germany and Sweden.
“Along with Mikael Gustafsson, chair of the women’s Rights and Equality committee, I have initiated a letter of protest at the failure of the Irish state to legislate for abortion rights. The letter has already been signed by over 20 MEPs.
“International pressure can only embarrass the government, the people of Ireland must turn out in vast numbers at Saturday’s protest and maintain a campaign thereafter to force the government to legislate for full abortion rights.”