Irish women have started tweeting details of their menstrual cycle to the Prime Minister (“Taoiseach”) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, as a protest to the country’s strict abortion laws. Irish comedian Grainne Maguire started the action by tweeting: “Women of Ireland! Your vagina is their business! Tweet @EndaKennyTD your menstrual cycle #repealthe8th.” Several women took her call to action to heart, tweeting details of their period to Kenny, who has not responded to the tweets:
Include some of these tweets (or other with hashtag #repealthe8th)
— Claire (@DelsolClaire) November 4, 2015
— Gráinne Maguire (@GrainneMaguire) November 4, 2015
— ciara wearen (@nocheerleader) November 6, 2015
— Claire Hennessy (@chennessybooks) November 4, 2015
The action is part of a movement in Ireland to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, which equates the life of the fetus to that of the mother and criminalizes abortion. Right now, ten women travel from Ireland to Britain or another European country every day, as getting an illegal abortion in their own country could be punished with a 14-year prison sentence. Changing the amendment can only happen through a referendum, but Enda Kenny said recently he does not want to commit his party, Fine Gael, to this. “In respect of the eighth amendment I do not favour abortion on demand and I have no intention of abolishing the eighth amendment without considering what it might be that might replace it,” he said.
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