The charity shop down the road from work is having a book sale – all books are 69p! Guess where I’m going to be spending my lunch break for the next few weeks?
Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute.
If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things.
Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying.
In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who because suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.
Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?
Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.
Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.
I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin.
Never give up, never stay quiet.
This has only been up since last night and LADS, the NOTES. Keep spreading the word!
I am Canadian, and I’m sorry to say until I read this I didn’t know anything about what you women were going through.
This is completely disgusting, I can’t even believe what you’re going through.
And I wish I could come out there and march with you.
But I don’t have the money so I can’t.
But I’m going to keep reblogging this, and sharing it.
And I hope all my followers will too.
This is important people, no matter what gender you are or what country you’re in, everyone deserves their basic human rights, and we need to stand together until this becomes a reality.
So please spread the word for these women.
✿A Summer To-Read Shelf ✿ In an ongoing pursuit to be well-read I hope to cross these classics off my list this summer. If you have or plan on reading any of these in the near future I’d love to discuss them together!
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
A Passage to India by E.M. Forester
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Dubliners by James Joyce
- Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Door by Magda Szabo
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Odyssey by Homer
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
I finished 9 out of 13 books on my summer to-read shelf. Mid-July I had to pick up a lot of extra hours at work so my schedule didn’t allow for as much reading, but I am pretty pleased with what I crossed off my to-read list and I hope to continue next summer!
It’s like in the great stories. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien.
Day 22: Book Stack
Pretty in pink!