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A book that shouldn t have needed to be written but was I m so in awe of and have so much respect for the women who shared their personal stories and of course for all the others who gave their views on abortion REPEAL the 8th. An exploration in post Celtic Tiger petit bourgeois narcissism, which is supposed to be taken by the reading public as inspiring, profound, etc There is not really much to glean here, selfishness and vanity is presented as tales of bravery and heroism as Ireland is standardised into the neoliberal order The Manure Republic, indeed. Very good, very important collection on the Repeal the 8th movement Captures the focus and spirit of the movement while acknowledging some of the gaps If you re unfamiliar with the battle in Ireland for women to have access to abortions, or keen to learnabout the movement, absolutely read this. In the midst of an extremely sensitive referendum campaign in ROI at the moment this collection of pieces edited by Una Mullally is essential If you have any doubt on whether you should vote yes or not, just read this book It s heart wrenching, at moments humorous, and at all times too relatable Can I give this 6 stars out of 5 ( READ BOOK ) ♻ Repeal the 8th ♠ Abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban This anthology, a national bestseller, is the definitive collection of the writing and art inspired by the most pressing debate in contemporary Ireland, and beyond Betweenand , at least , Irish women and girls accessed UK abortion services In , the figure was , Any woman or girl who procures an abortion, or anyone who assists a woman to procure an abortion in Ireland can be criminalised and imprisoned for up to fourteen years A woman may not procure an abortion in Ireland if she is pregnant due to incest or rape, or to prevent inevitable miscarriage and fatal foetal abnormalityThe movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment and make abortion legal in Ireland has grown massively over the last few years This book shares the literature, personal stories, opinions, photography, art and design produced by the movement that catalyseds momentous referendum it features prize winning novelists, critically acclaimed poets, cutting edge artists and journalists on the front lineContributors include Lisa McInerney, Anne Enright, Louise O Neill, Caitlin Moran, Tara Flynn, Aisling Bea, Sinead Gleeson and Emmet Kiran This should be required reading for every single person in Ireland. Let me just preface this review by saying that I am whole heartedly pro choice and have watched the campaign to Repeal the 8th with great support The 8th Amendment to the Irish constitution was defeated last year and abortion is now legal across the Republic of Ireland However This collection of essays about abortion and the history of abortion in Ireland struggles to differentiate each piece from the one before it Some were stand out and excellently written I would highly recommend reading Let me just preface this review by saying that I am whole heartedly pro choice and have watched the campaign to Repeal the 8th with great support The 8th Amendment to the Irish constitution was defeated last year and abortion is now legal across the Republic of Ireland However This collection of essays about abortion and the history of abortion in Ireland struggles to differentiate each piece from the one before it Some were stand out and excellently written I would highly recommend reading comedienne Aisling Bea s short piece about womenfolk , the various collections of poetry that interludes some of the essays, and Louise O Neill s powerful vignette about marching in one of the many protests about Repeal the 8th that took place in Dublin But these essays aren t designed to inspire or persuade They are full of emotion that seeps from the page In some cases, they re beautiful In others, they re hammering a point home that has already been adequately written about in previous essays I enjoyed reading this collection, but I only wish that there had been a little bitvariety in the topics written about There are lots of aspects to abortion, particularly in a country like Ireland, and I d love to have readabout those But a good collection, nonetheless On Friday of this week we vote to Repeal the 8th On Saturday the votes will be counted and, I hope, the 8th Amendment will be consigned to history I was proud to contribute in my small way to the crowdfunded publication of this book It s an important documentation of a time in our history For me as a reader, the personal narratives and theliterary pieces are the strongest elements of the book Theovertly political ones are less successful, but for a really encouraging reason th On Friday of this week we vote to Repeal the 8th On Saturday the votes will be counted and, I hope, the 8th Amendment will be consigned to history I was proud to contribute in my small way to the crowdfunded publication of this book It s an important documentation of a time in our history For me as a reader, the personal narratives and theliterary pieces are the strongest elements of the book Theovertly political ones are less successful, but for a really encouraging reason they already feel out of date The pieces in this anthology were written at a time when we were still campaigning to get a referendum, when we didn t know what exactly we would be asked to vote on, when the personal testimonies were still a trickle and not the outpouring of experiences they have become No matter what way things go on Friday, the genie is not going back in the bottle Ireland has been changed by this campaign The culture of silence and shame that persisted for so long has been swept away We ask for the land over the water Home over trial Choice over none Stand in Awe of All Mn Repealth8th essential and some very good reading really liked lisa mcinerney s chapter the one on NI was eye opening and a good reminder about inclusion looking further than the orange vs green anne enright s chapter made me laugh because it will probably piss off a lot of pregnancy is beautiful and sacred and ultimate womanhood people also LaundryMy grandfather sent everything to the nunsfor a thorough cleaning,including my mother,fervently they washed away every stain.Hold us up to the light,an essential and some very good reading really liked lisa mcinerney s chapter the one on NI was eye opening and a good reminder about inclusion looking further than the orange vs green anne enright s chapter made me laugh because it will probably piss off a lot of pregnancy is beautiful and sacred and ultimate womanhood people also LaundryMy grandfather sent everything to the nunsfor a thorough cleaning,including my mother,fervently they washed away every stain.Hold us up to the light,and there is hardly a trace of me left in her,or her left in me.Things are forever getting seperated in the wash,a fawn silk stocking,a tiny pink sock with no matcher,the price to be paid for getting your laundry done Mary Coll This is the most powerful collection of writing I ve ever read The women of Ireland need bodily autonomy It is our right Repeal TrustWomen