As Ireland faces the abortion referendum today, Irish feminist writer, Sarah Lennon Galavan writes about her experience of being an active campaigner of the Repeal the 8th movement.
This Friday, Ireland will vote to remove a single sentence from its 8th amendment, one that's divided the country for decades; that the life of the unborn is equal with the life of the mother. The law, which came into place in 1983, prohibits abortion in almost all cases, resulting in more than 170,000 Irish women to risk their lives travelling abroad to seek help, or risk prosecution by smuggling abortion pills. It's time for change, and the time is now. Ahead of the referendum, we caught up with voters in Ireland to discover what the law change would mean to them.