October 28, 2014
A group of women today travelled from Dublin to Belfast to recreate the contraceptive train of the 1970s and to purchase non-surgical abortion pills.
The protest by pro-choice activists is to highlight Ireland’s continued ban on abortion and to call for repeal of the 8th amendment.
The women then ingested the abortion pills to demonstrate their safety and ask that their ban is lifted in Ireland.
They chose today as it is the second anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway who died from complications during pregnancy after being refused an abortion on the grounds that her foetus still had a heartbeat.
The participants were from a range of Irish pro-choice groups including ROSA, Action for Choice, Real Productive Health, as well as a number of TDs and councillors from People Before Profit, Socialist Party and Anti Austerity Alliance.