Irish “influencers” have been taking flack lately for not voicing their stance on the 8th – Clisare, has always bucked this trend by sharing her thoughts.
I support the abortion rights movement because I don’t wish to, at any point, be in danger of dying trying to bring new life into the world. I support it because I don’t want women or children to suffer unnecessarily in any circumstance. I support it because I trust women to be responsible with their choices. I support it because I want to have the right to decide what happens to my body and when.
I support it because the entire debate is just part of a wider, systemic attempt to control women via restriction of access to information, contraception and autonomy.
Repealing the 8th means a first step to me. Abortion still won’t be free safe and legal upon repealing the 8th. Contraception won’t be free and available to all. Information will still be restricted. Crisis pregnancy agencies that are breaking the law by scaremongering women will still be, for the most part, getting away with it. The national maternity hospital will still be built on land owned by the same nuns who put pregnant women in Magdalene Laundries and presided over schools in which children were sexually abused. Repealing the 8th is simply our very first hurdle in a long fight to regain control of our lives.
If you can see the argument for abortion in the case of rape or incest, then you are not against abortion. It’s the conception that you’re concerned with. Which means you are judging women who get pregnant via consensual sex for their choices.
If you can’t see the argument in those cases, I ask you this. Would you force a friend to carry a non-viable baby to term, if it were to risk her life, if she had to then watch her baby pass away, possibly in pain? What if you knew your friend would die during this process? I’m sorry to use such emotive language but this is the very real consequence of the 8th amendment in Ireland currently.
First, listen, but then, talk. You don’t have to change anyone’s mind but even talking about it will help ease the tension and the stigma. You don’t have to march, or declare yourself if you really feel you can’t, but you can start a conversation with your loved ones. Support the loud and proud women having to tell their life story in public to put a ‘human face’ on the issue. Donate.
– Clisare is an Irish YouTuber behind the YouTube channel ‘Clisare‘ and also works as a Digital Video Producer for the Irish YouTube Channel ‘Facts‘.
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