Why I Marched – Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo are dominating Irish music at the moment, and their recent single “Out of My Hands” sees their lyrics take a strong political outlook.

We support the abortion rights movement because we believe that every woman in Ireland should be allowed to make her own decision regarding pregnancy. And be able access to abortion safely should that be the decision she makes. No more travel, secrecy and shame. No more criminalisation.

Repealing the 8th means addressing legislation that puts women’s lives at risk, and denies them the right to adequate medical care. It also means addressing the fact that Irish women are seeking abortions abroad every single day, and that we can no longer ignore the need for safe and legal abortion here.

A yes vote in this referendum would be a huge step towards progress for reproductive rights in Ireland, something that has been abused so much in our history.

It’s OK to feel divided over it. It’s not an easy topic to talk about or draw conclusions on, but discussion is absolutely necessary. Firstly, educate yourself on the facts. Learn about what the 8th amendment means. What the laws say now and what impact they’ve had on women over the last few decades. Read the stories. Go to the ARC website and read the ‘5 Facts‘ and ‘8 Myths‘ sections. Go examine some of the pro life websites too. It’s important to understand why people are against Repealing the 8th amendment.

Then, talk about it with as many people as you can. You might be surprised how many people you know have been affected by it in some way, and can offer different perspectives. The best insight I got into this movement was from a woman in her sixties, whose first hand accounts from her time made me understand how we have gotten to this point as a society.

I can completely relate [those who support the campaign but are afraid to speak up]. We’ve only become vocal in the last year, and even then, it’s difficult approaching these topics with people in your personal life that you know might be opposed, or not completely understand what Repeal the 8th is about. A wise friend said to me, when I was having a dilemma about telling someone in my life that we were playing the Repeal gig in the Olympia, that I needed to have more courage for the women that are forced to travel every day to the UK for an abortion. That I needed to have more courage for the women who can’t afford to. I’m still trying to muster courage and find the way to best articulate how I feel on the issue. And how to broach it with the people in my life who I know do not (yet) share my sentiments.

Wyvern Lingo are 3 Irish vocalists, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters. They have just released the second single off their highly anticipated debut album, “Out of My Hands”. Their album will be released in early 2018.

The aim of this series is to be a starting point for conversations. We’d encourage you to start actively thinking about your role in society. By registering to vote you can have a say. If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or not, make sure you check the register. You have until Nov. 25th.

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