Here are some of the cities around the world that joined in solidarity with the #repealthe8th march

Thousands took to the streets of Dublin yesterday in protest against the ban on abortion, which has been illegal since 1983.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution formally banned legal abortion in a ruling that recognised a right to life of a woman’s unborn child.

Irish women have since been forced to venture abroad if they wish to undergo the procedure, and many argue that they have been denied fair and safe access to their medical rights.

Dublin is not the only city to have joined the cause, with marches and messages of support making their way from Paris, Berlin and even Nepal.

The UK’s Abortion Act 1967 did not extend to Northern Ireland, where the practice also remains illegal except for in specific cases where women are at probable risk of serious mental or physical harm.

The movement has also been active in recent weeks against Poland’s possible decision to create a total ban against abortion, in legislation which could extend the severely-restrictive laws already in place there.

If the staunchly Catholic nation bows to pressure from its Stop Abortion activists, the country would become only the third European state to introduce such a law after Malta and Vatican City.


More in this Section

Jail for rape and abuse of brother: 'He became my biggest villain'- victimJail for rape and abuse of brother: 'He became my biggest villain'- victim

Irish man on Europol’s most wanted listIrish man on Europol’s most wanted list

Gardaí have taken 200 statements in Santina Cawley inquiryGardaí have taken 200 statements in Santina Cawley inquiry

'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner