Why I Marched – Karen Miano

For Karen Miano, repealing the 8th simply provides people with the tools to make the right choice for them. Regardless of status or background.

I think it’s important that anyone with a reproductive system have the freedom to choose if, how, and when they want to carry a pregnancy to full term. Circumstances change financially, emotionally and everyone’s reasons for needing/seeking a termination/abortion is completely up to them. No one should hold the power over that or restrict it.

To me it is more than repealing the 8th. It would be monumental in taking down the currently unhealthy structure we have set in place of distrusting women (or anyone of a femme leaning stance) socially be that in dress, in society or not holding their words to the same level of respect and value of cis men.

It’s important for everyone to read up on the 8th and all it entails. I would say to them to be empathetic towards people whose body it will effect in the long term. Try and make an informed decision

You don’t necessarily need to be aggressive in your approach to being pro-choice there are a few non-verbal options such as the jumpers badges. And just being present be that at marches meetings or/and voting if you can!

– Karen Miano – is the co founder of label DIAxDEM, member of the Blackfish Collective and soon to be radio host on GXRLCODE which is launching in January on RTÉ Pulse.


The aim of this series is to be a starting point for conversation around repealing the 8th. We’d encourage you to start actively thinking about your role in society. We can all make a difference by voting. If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or not, make sure you check the register. You have until Nov. 25th to inform your local council if your name does not appear.

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Aine Mulloy

Co-Founder of GirlCrew. Loves brands, media, books, and music. Can generally be found reading in quiet spaces, or in over-crowded music joints.

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