While American women struggle to retain their rights, in Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign is sending this postcard to legislators to demand abortion legislation before the summer recess. According to the Irish Times: “The “10 days of abortion rights action” will begin on March 1st and will involve a series of events and demonstrations around the country.” So what does “Legislate for X” mean? According to the Catholic News Service:
In practice, abortion is illegal in Ireland. However, a controversial 1992 Supreme Court judgment – known as the X case – found that there is a constitutional right to abortion where there is a substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the risk of suicide, up to birth. Six successive governments have not acted on the issue. However, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that Ireland must clarify when women can access abortion under the 1992 ruling.