Irish pro-choice activists had to overcome a rigid constitutional ban on abortion that was in place for more than 30 years. They succeeded by putting mass mobilization and a confident assertion of the right to choose at the heart of their campaign.
Sinéad Kennedy was cofounder of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. She is the author, with Camilla Fitzsimons, of Repealed: Ireland’s Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights (Pluto Press, 2021).
Ireland has the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe — but this summer they will be put to a referendum.