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Here's why everybody's talking about abortion today

“I am not a bad person. I am not a murderer”.

repeal Source: @freesafelegal

PEOPLE TALK ABOUT abortion every day, of course. Some people think about it every day. Some rail against it every day. And every day a number of women make the journey out of Ireland to have an abortion.

Today though, there’s more talk than usual. Today Irish Times journalist Roisín Ingle published an extract from her book Public Displays of Emotion.

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In the extract, Ingle writes about the things she hasn’t written about. The ‘Numerous and various Experiences’ that remain private to her. She details how she’s stopped herself writing about one particular ‘Experience’ and concludes that it wasn’t because she was ashamed or felt it was wrong; it was because of what people might think.


Today she’s appeared on national radio to talk about that Experience. The Irish Times article has been shared countless times and the conversation around the #repealthe8th hashtag is once again high on the Twitter agenda. Because she had an abortion.

Róisín Ingle writes that having an abortion was the right choice for her. She doesn’t suggest that it is the right choice for everybody, but she believes passionately that “every woman in Ireland should be free to make that choice”. Ingle’s story comes after a week in which another Irish writer and comedian, Tara Flynn, told her story. She was taking part in a discussion at Electric Picnic last weekend entitled ‘My Body My Rights’ and she told the story of travelling to Holland for an abortion. She said that she would rather not have made it public, but that she wanted to put a face to the statistics.

Her story also comes on a day when a #RepealThe8th conference is held in the Gresham Hotel

Tara Flynn has been speaking again today via Twitter in response to Ingle’s article and in reaction to some of the responses both have received:

Flynn will act as MC at the March for Choice on 26 September in Dublin city.

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