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We’re Here, We’re Queer and we’re VOTING YES

With the referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment looming this May 25 – and the futures of people with a womb hanging in the balance – Aisling Cronin spoke to some LGBT+ people to hear why a Yes vote is crucial to them.

AISLING DOLAN 29

from Offaly, now living in Dublin

When our community marched in 1983 to protest the murder of Declan Flynn and the subsequent lack of justice, we were joined by women opposing the Eighth Amendment. These women stood with us in solidarity. They showed us a level of respect and dignity denied to us by wider society.

I trust pregnant people to make the best decision for themselves. I believe that every individual has the right to decide what happens to their bodies. As a cisgender woman, the Eighth Amendment affects my life. Doctors and nurses still check whether I’m pregnant before prescribing treatments, despite the fact that I have been in a relationship with a woman for the past eight years. If my fiancée and I have children in the future, my sexuality will not exempt me from the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment hangs over our entire community. I hope we do the right thing on polling day.

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