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Nicola Coughlan will be participating in a symbolic protest at Westminster next week

‘Let’s do this for women everywhere.’

EVERY WEEK, 28 women travel outside Northern Ireland to terminate a pregnancy, and next Tuesday Nicola Coughlan will join 27 people who plan to protest Northern Ireland’s abortion laws at Wesminster.

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Each protester will represent a woman who has been forced to leave Northern Ireland in search of medical care, and each will carry a suitcase containing the names of 62,000 people who are calling for changes to be made to the abortion laws in the North.

According to The Belfast Telegraph, the Derry Girls actress made reference to the 8th Amendment, which was repealed in the Republic last May, when explaining her participation in next week’s symbolic protest in London, which was organised by Amnesty.

It was such a proud moment when we repealed the Eighth in Ireland but it’s now time our sisters in Northern Ireland get the change so desperately overdue.

“Let’s do this for women everywhere,” she continued. “Women who have abortions are not criminals, it’s time the law stopped treating them as such.”

Drawing her followers’ attention to the event on Twitter, Nicola said she was proud to stand in solidarity.

Very proud to be involved with @AmnestyUK’s campaign alongside @siobhni next week, and to stand in solidarity with our sisters in Northern Ireland.

Nicola, who plays Clare in the hugely popular Channel 4 show, will be joined by her co-star Siobhan McSweeney who plays Sister Michael.

Commenting on her participation, Siobhan said: 

I’ll be here fighting alongside Amnesty for Northern Ireland until the degrading law there is changed. It has to happen soon.

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