Pro-Choice campaigners in Derry

Activists calling for abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland have staged a protest in Guildhall Sqaure.

Tuesday, 5th June 2018, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 2:34 pm
Pro Choice supporters dressed as handmaidens at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G026

The group ROSA (Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity), and ‘Women on Web,’ gathered with local activists at Guildhall Square on Thursday as they brought their #Bus4Choice to the city.

Several of those participating arrived dressed in white caps and crimson cloaks in imitation of the women featured in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ book and TV series.

During the event, activists called for an Extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to include Northern Ireland. Some of those gathered held placards with the message, ‘We Won’t Be Left Behind.’

Pro Choice supporters hold placards at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G027

The rally was part of a day of action staged by the groups across Northern Ireland. It came after people across the Republic voted by around two to one to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution recently, paving the way for new legislation for the termination of pregnancies south of the border.

Organisers had saidthat in conjunction with the Netherlands-based, doctor-run womenonweb.org, they had planned to “defy Northern Ireland’s archaic abortion laws by providing information and access to safe abortions with pills under medical supervision”.

In a statement issued by the group, they said: “ROSA and Women on Web organised important acts of civil disobedience in the South using abortion pills including the Abortion Pills Train and #Bus4Repeal.

“These acts of civil disobedience, along with supplying women with pills, have been instrumental in shifting the debate on abortion in Ireland, demonstrating that abortion is a daily reality in Ireland.”

Pro Choice supporters, from the Alliance for Choice Derry, at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G024

The #Bus4Choice started with a rally in Belfast before travelling to the constituency offices of prominent ‘pro-life’ MLAs and MPs from the the main politicial parties. The day of action ended with the rally at the Guildhall.

Pro Choice supporters dressed as handmaidens at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G029
Some of the attendance at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G030
Goretti Horgan speaking at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G023
Pro Choice supporter holds a placard at the abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity rally at Guildhall Square on Thursday evening last. DER2218G031