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Amnesty International challenges Ireland’s abortion law in video with a twist


In “25 Annoying Things About Being Pregnant,” a new video from Amnesty International Ireland, women can be seen laughing about a litany of pregnancy woes — like “cankles” and morning sickness — until the music stops, and a woman adds to the list, “When you’re forced to carry a baby that can’t survive out of the womb.”

The new video is part of a continued push to repeal the 8th amendment of Ireland’s constitution, which explicitly acknowledges “the right to life of the unborn.” As a result, only women who may lose their life as a result of their pregnancy have access to safe, legal abortions. But for anyone else who wishes to terminate a pregnancy, including women carrying nonviable pregnancies, there is no option but to deliver the baby or to violate the law. Between 2010 and 2014, a report found, nearly 25,000 Irish women travelled to Britain in order to terminate pregnancies.

The last item on Amnesty International’s list of the most “annoying things” about being pregnant is “when you don’t think the 8th amendment affects you, until it does.”

Watch the video below.


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