Repeal the Eighth
The Irish public may have overwhelmingly voted to legalize abortion, but implementing it is proving trickier than expected.
The "Undecided on the 8th" page claimed to provide unbiased information about the Irish abortion referendum.
As the dust settles from Ireland's momentous decision to legalize abortion, many in Northern Ireland—where it is still criminalized—believe it is their turn to follow suit. But much needs to happen before Northern Irish women achieve reproductive rights.
"I say yes," a social worker voting to repeal Ireland's Eighth Amendment tells Broadly. "You have to understand other people’s lives. You don’t know what they’re facing."
For some Irish people living abroad, the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment is too important to miss.
"The measure of any society is how well it treats its women, and frankly, Ireland is not looking too good in this respect."
I spent the weekend asking people how they were planning to vote in this week's referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Campaigners say some Irish men are reluctant to engage with what they see as a "women's issue," which is dumb as hell.
This week, as the public votes on whether to keep the Eighth Amendment, Broadly is centering the lives of Irish women affected by the ban.
When doctors told Claire Cullen-Delsol that her pregnancy wasn't viable due to a chromosomal disorder, she requested a termination—but was denied it under Ireland's abortion laws. She documented her experiences in a diary, which she shares here.