Pro-choice activists replicate 1971 ‘Contraception Train’ journey

Pro-choice activists replicate 1971 ‘Contraception Train’ journey

A number of pro-choice activists are making the journey from Dublin to Belfast today in order to recreate the "Contraception Train" of 1971.

It is an effort to highlight the Ireland's continued ban on abortion and to repeal the 8th amendment.

One of the activists travelling on the train from this morning Rita Harrold has said that people in Ireland want abortion laws in Ireland reviewed.

According to recent statistics, over 150,000 women have travelled abroad for abortions in the last 30 years.

Harrold is from the group ROSA and she added the current Government are far too conservative where abortion is concerned.

“People want the 8th amendment repelled, the recent opinion polls show that.”

“In reality the political establishment are some of the most conservative people in the country,” said Harrold.

“They don’t realise it will be a popular move to let women decide for themselves.”


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