Tomorrow might just seem like any other Friday to most—besides, you know, it being the start to an epic three-day weekend. But to women in Ireland, Friday is one of the biggest political moments in decades—when the traditionally Catholic country votes on legalizing abortion. That’s why Irish citizens all across the globe are flying #HomeToVote.
Right now, the Eighth Amendment in the Irish constitution outlaws women from getting abortions—the result of a 1983 vote, meaning the only citizens who have been heard on the topic are all 54 years or older.
But there’s a new generation that’s vocal about women’s reproductive rights—many stirred to action by the 2012 death of an Indian woman in Galway who suffered a septic miscarriage and died after doctors refused to terminate her 17-week pregnancy.
To be able to vote in the election, ballots need to be cast in person—and thousands of Irish citizens have hopped on planes in order to do just that.
Meet some of the women’s health heroes who are going #HomeToVote.
I'm coming #HomeToVote ! Will be traveling 5,169 miles from LA to Dublin and will be thinking of every Irish woman who has had to travel to access healthcare that should be available in their own country. Let's do this, Ireland! #repealthe8th #VoteYes pic.twitter.com/fZDxUIGrs9
— Lauryn Canny (@LaurynCanny) May 23, 2018
— Nora (@tea_and_biccies) May 23, 2018
— Louise Barry (@made0fglitter) May 23, 2018
Grotty early morning flight face on cos flights ain't glamourous and should not be the only way a woman can access heathcare. Thinking of the beautiful solidarity from my UK pals this week, and of all the UK docs who take care of Irish women every day #HomeToVote #Together4Yes pic.twitter.com/wuun5pnp8f
— Margaret Perry (@mapperry) May 24, 2018
Lads, the pure dote at the car hire desk saw my badge and jumper and waived the cross border fees with a wink and a smile, wished us luck and the pure overwhelming love I feel now has put dust in my eye. Scraping the money together was a struggle but I’m #hometovote #VoteYes #mná pic.twitter.com/NeKxtgB03a
— Lauren O'Sullivan (@Sullubrious) May 23, 2018
— the cute hoor (@HoorayForNiamh) May 22, 2018
Want to see more women doing cool, inspiring things? Listen to Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera’s #MeToo anthem. Or, watch Kesha’s powerful Grammys performance (for the 100th time).
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