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Pro-choice march to take place in Dublin today

The march is part of a Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.

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A MARCH WILL be held in Dublin today to highlight a woman’s right to safe and legal abortions as part of a global day of action.

Today is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion which will be marked at a number of public events across the country including in the capital where a ‘March for Choice’ will be held.

The government is currently awaiting the publication of a report by an expert group set up to examine the implications of a European Court of Human Rights ruling regarding abortion legislation in Ireland in 2010.

Campaigners taking part in today’s march say on their Facebook page: “This is a celebration of being pro-choice! A day of being pro-choice and proud, speaking up and speaking out, making our voices heard. Come and celebrate with us!”

They also said they expect a “small amount of counter-protesters” but have urged participants to not engage with them.

The march starts at 2pm today at The Spire on O’Connell Street before they head to Merrion Square where there will be a number of speakers including United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly and Labour senator Ivana Bacik.

Other speakers include Sineád Ahern from Choice Ireland, journalist Colette Browne, and Mara Clarke who is the director of the Abortion Support Network.

Pro-life campaigners, Youth Defence, are among those organising an All Ireland Rally For Life in Dublin on 6 July next year.

Read: Increase in women seeking post-abortion care from IFPA

Read: Minister believes Government will have to allow for abortion in certain circumstances

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