An Irishman Abroad

Repeal the 8th Special: Episode 210

September 23, 2017

The legalisation of abortion in Ireland is by far one of the most prominent conversations in Irish society at the moment. In this episode, Jarlath is joined by some of the most active and outspoken voices who are taking a stand and are working to repeal the 8th amendment.

Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman explains to us where things are currently standing with the Repeal the 8th campaign while also giving a clear break-down of the outcome of the recent Citizen’s Assembly (2:00). Author Louise O’Neill returns to the show to discuss the need to destigmatise the conversation around abortion (44:00), comedian and writer Tara Flynn elaborates on the need for broad access to abortion (23:00), while Dr. Ciara Kelly outlines how the way we treat women in Ireland falls short of what it should be and how the distrust of women is at the heart of the need to repeal the 8th amendment (32:00).

Finally, Jarlath speaks with Mara Clarke from the Abortion Support Network who gives a sobering insight into the realities of the Irish women who are in desperate need for safe and legal access to abortion (1:07:00).

To learn more about Mara Clarke's Abortion Support Network click here

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