Tuesday 21st February 2012
For Immediate Use
Cork Groups Mark 20th Anniversary of X Case with Online Petition
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the X Case, the highly publicised case of a 14 year-old rape victim who was forced to return home to Ireland when trying to get an abortion in the UK. The Supreme Court ruled that the girl – who was suicidal – had the right to obtain an abortion, as the pregnancy was deemed a threat to her life.
Twenty years later, the Irish government has yet to legislate to clarify the X case ruling. This failure was recently emphasised by the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on ABC.
Groups around the country have joined the ‘Action on X’ alliance this month to highlight the Government’s inaction on the abortion issue. As part of the Action on X alliance, Cork Feminista has launched an online petition calling on the Irish government to legislate for X before the end of 2012. The petition is available at: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-irish-government-legislate-for-the-x-case-before-the-end-of-2012.
Cork Feminista organiser Linda Kelly states: “Within the first week, over 1,000 people have signed the petition. Public opinion is very much behind legislating for some access to abortion.”
Cork-based groups including Cork Feminista, Cork Women’s Right to Choose Group, and the Women’s Studies Programme at UCC have organised events this week to mark the anniversary.
- A Lobbying Workshop “How Do I Tell Them I’m Pro-Choice?” will take place on Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 7 PM in the Quay Co-op Meeting Room, Cove St (behind the Quay Co-op). This event is co-hosted by Cork Women’s Right to Choose Group and Cork Feminista.
- A Seminar “From X to ABC: 20 Years On” will be held on Saturday 25th February 2012 from 11 AM at UCC, G05 Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road. Speakers include: Dr Lisa Smyth, Queen’s University Belfast (Author of Abortion and Nation: The Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland (Ashgate 2005); Dr. Mary Favier, Media Spokesperson for Doctors for Choice; Niall Behan, CEO of the Irish Family Planning Association; and Dr. Brenda Daly, Law & Government, DCU. This event is co-organised by UCC Women’s Studies and Cork Feminista Registration is required for this event. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information contact:
Jennifer DeWan or Linda Kelly on corkfeminista[@]gmail.com
Cork Feminista was founded by Linda Kelly and Dr. Jennifer DeWan in August 2010 to provide a discussion and activist space for feminism in Cork. It is a collective of women and men who meet once a month to discuss different issues related to gender equality and feminism. The meetings allow participants to explore their thoughts on issues and network with other campaigners.