X Case anniversary marked by rally outside Dublin Castle

Yesterday marked the the 21st anniversary of the X case, a landmark case for the Irish supreme court which established the right of Irish women to an abortion if a pregnant woman’s life was at risk because of pregnancy, including the risk of suicide. The issue of abortion has come back into the spotlight in recent months following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar.

Yesterday a rally was organised to protest outside Dublin Castle where the government played host to a gathering of EU health ministers. The rally,sponsored by the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Union of Students of Ireland, and others aimed to highlight the need for legislation and to demand that this legislation includes

+ The risk of suicide as grounds for abortion
+ The opinion of two medical practitioners as enough to approve an abortion
+ State-wide access
+ Access to abortion if a foetus has a fatal abnormality and cannot survive
+ Decriminalisation of abortion

Below is a slide show of images taken at the rally along with audio coverage with segments from speakers Sinead Redmond from the abortion rights campaign, and Dr. Peadar O Grady from Doctors for choice.

Click here for a brief history of the abortion debate in Ireland

For now a resolution to the issue appears no closer but the story is far from over and what happens over the coming weeks and months could determine if the current government will make a decision on abortion.

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