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Pro-choice and pro-life groups march in Dublin

Both were marching in reaction to last week’s news that a rape victim was denied an abortion.

AROUND 2,500 PEOPLE marched in Dublin today, as abortion dominates the headlines again.

Pro Life Protest Dublin. Members of the Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Pro-choice protesters marched from the GPO, demanding the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Further down O’Connell Street, pro-life campaigners rallied, pinning the blame for the Ms Y abortion case on Enda Kenny.

“If Enda Kenny has a conscience, I hope he is ashamed of what his law has deliberately inflicted on that tiny little baby boy, gasping to take a breath. His abortion law has fallen at the very first hurdle, and Mr Kenny now needs to repeal this cruel and unworkable abortion act,” Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said.

Dr. Eoghan de Faoite, one of the vigil organisers said that the Ms Y case “broke every rule of medicine”.

Pro Choice Protest Dublin. Members of t Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

At the pro-choice rally, Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger said that the Catholic Church’s “time has gone”.

“This is our time now,” she added.

Ross Kelly from Doctors for Choice said that the laws in place were there to “shame women” who seek abortions.

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