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THREAD: It's 18 years ago today that @BrennanGaye and I lost our son Joshua to a fatal foetal anomaly. Many of you know our story.
Every year since then we have been in a lot of emotional pain leading up to this date.
But not this year!
This year we have been able to remember Joshua and our loss with sadness. Sadness for the loss of what could have been but for cruelty of nature.
This year we have not however felt again the sense of abandonment and judgement we felt in 2001
This year we have not felt the anxious knot of needing to do something to prevent what happened to us happening to others, the need to proclaim "We did nothing wrong". We do not feel the need to be understood.
Because we are understood. Because we have been supported.
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I am glad to see @PatrickStrudโ€™s article quoting 5 British feminist academics who quite rightly remind us that feminism must include rights of trans women. It reminds me of an argument that happened after 1 of my talks in #London when 2 white lesbians bombarded me w/ transphobia
I mention that the 2 transphobic lesbians were white because they followed me to dinner after my talk where a gay #Saudi man, a bisexual Saudi woman and I defended trans rights against those two. In no other country have transphobes followed me to dinner after my talk to argue.
I wanted to eat & to talk w/my friends and the transphobes wanted to lecture. I told them that as far as I was concerned trans women are women and the fight against patriarchy had to include trans rights.And then I said i had just spent 90mins on a lecture & Q&A & I wanted to eat
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Hey so in case you're thinking about setting up a website soon, here's some information you might want to know.

The fake My Options website is hosted on @Wix.

Wix have a number of items in their T&Cs about fraudulent sites, misleading information, etc.

@Wix So naturally, I contacted Wix, and pointed out that this site violated several of their T&Cs.

They told me it was fine.

I contacted them with more examples and information about how it violated their terms.

They said it was fine.

I contacted @Wix on twitter and they said "let me check that the right team looked into it" and then confirmed that it was the right team, and said the site was fine.

And told me that if I wanted the site down, I could bring them to court.

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My standout moment of 2018:
(A thread)
Back in May in the build-up to the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment, I was asked by Monaghan Together for Yes to be quiz master at a quiz they were holding as a fund raiser for the cause.
I was very much for repealing the 8th and I'm obsessed with quizes so I happily obliged.
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This is a (pretty long) thread about adoption information rights and attitudes towards adopted people. First, a quick synopsis of the facts. a) Adopted people have no automatic right to access their birth certificates and adoption files;
b) Adopted people's birth certificates are a public record and we can already access them. It just takes us a lot longer when we're blindfolded with one hand tied behind our backs;
c) The Adoption (Information & Tracing) Bill 2016, which is currently making its way through the Oireachtas, proposes measures which will force adopted people to sign an undertaking that they will not contact their natural parents before they can obtain their birth certificates.
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@ClareICHH @IrishTimes @RadQueersResist @Wheelie_Happy @tcddublin @daimbarrs @ilainabananas @AineMulloy I'm surpassed #ThankUNext,
now at 'Thanks But No Thanks We Don't Need White People Judging Whether Our Cause Has Merit Or If We Should Yield And Let Our "Success Or Contribution To Feminism" Be Erased *Just A Little Bit* To Make Ethnonationalists More Comfy With Their Mistakes'
@ClareICHH @IrishTimes @RadQueersResist @Wheelie_Happy @tcddublin @daimbarrs @ilainabananas @AineMulloy Also - our "success or contribution to feminism" shaped Irish constitution without having a vote. We *are* Irish Feminists - our core tenets of intersectionality don't even all exist in British/American Feminism.

If you just mean 'white feminists' say it with your whole chest.
@ClareICHH @IrishTimes @RadQueersResist @Wheelie_Happy @tcddublin @daimbarrs @ilainabananas @AineMulloy I have to say it's a bit more than having 'felt unrepresented' when POCs, Queer and Trans and Disabled women all...were.
That's not an emotion, that's a fact.
But it's v in-keeping with their view that if an 'Irish feminist' looks in the mirror - they'd be none of those things.
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A reminder: exactly six months ago, on the 25th of May, we #repealedthe8th.

Since then, 1656 people have had to travel from Ireland for an abortion and 552 more have used pills ordered online. A graphic of the number 1656 and a plane surrounded by cloudsA graphic of a pill reading '552 in 6 months'
Abortion pills are being seized at a higher rate than ever before. January is just five weeks away and it's still not clear if and how people will be able to access abortion here at home by then. #repealedthe8th
As the legislation stands, the three-day waiting period and the opt-out clause for doctors will stop people from accessing abortion when they need it.

People will be forced to travel and to rely on pills bought online even though we #repealedthe8th so they wouldn't have to.
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Mini thread. Mark @soundmigration has already done a really good job discussing the players & implications of this anti-migrant caravan of Alt Right idiots currently stirring up hate across Ireland. I just want to expand somewhat on a few points.
First up Laura Southern (not Loomer, easy to get your alt right Lauras confused). Laura is a member of Generation Identity, & came to prominence a few back, when they crowdfunded a boat to stop refugees from crossing the medโ€ฆ
Yeah so a blonde american wanted your money to stop brown refugees coming to Europe. They're not the brightest the Gen Identity bunch. As Mark reports Gen Id are trying to get a foothold in Ireland, after a disasterous start. Their last leader here was
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They couldn't find one #POC to remember for #RepealedThe8th.

Make no mistake, this is how we are stamped out of history created off our backs.

Because this is 'Remembering the Women Whose Campaigning Led to This Historic Voting Turnout' for posterity.
Sure, I didn't have even the startup loan, or the ability to source popup stores, or mass produce a single branded product behind a Middle Ireland four-letter name,

but @irishtatler still saw fit to include a photo of ppl wearing my merch in print? So why not give a voice?
Also, it is. CRIMINAL. that @JanetOS_ - included in #BBC100Women, a key rallying force behind ARC, blatantly and unceremoniously silenced for being too 'inconvenient' and diverse and honest in her approach to the ref because she'd been personally affected by it - wasn't included.
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Today is a good day to talk about decriminalisation of abortion after #repealedthe8th #legisl8
Under gov proposals it is an offence for a doctor to perform an abortion except as prescribed by law.
An offence attracting a penalty of between 12 mths in prison/Class A fine to 14 years. (So gov contemplates breaches from the minor to those where one or more women is seriously injured or killed)
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Oh the number of times that got said to all of us, by people who didn't understand the importance of breaking the taboo around the work abortion.
I had people tell me so many times that the abortion rights campaign @freesafelegal needed to change its name or we would never #repealthe8th
That @freesafelegal needed to rebrand, or would not be taken seriously or be interviewed by media. While I was regularly on local, national & International media.
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If I had a vote in October, I would probably vote to remove 41.2. But it is disappointing that repeal is the only choice being offered.
41.2 has 2 parts - the fairly offensive 'women in the home' provision, and the half-useful in theory/useless in practice 'promise' of economic support for women in the home.
It's a double whammy of Catholic social teaching - we confine women to the private sphere and we ensure the state won't force you to leave it. But as for positive economic supports, you are only entitled to marriage or charity.
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One month ago we stood and waited anxiously for the results of the referendum.
We rejoiced together, the weight lifting, this freedom and feeling of finally being heard - of finally gaining something for ourselves :: our autonomy.
We celebrated, a wash of great relief in knowing that those of us that have had to travel will be the last ones.. that our daughters can get help here at home. That we will shift the stigma and silence around needing abortion care.
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โ€œIn 2013 I was absolutely thrilled to discover I was pregnant. I already had a child and desperately wanted to expand our little family...
Having suffered with a very rare and extremely debilitating illness called hyperemesis gravidarum during my first pregnancy, I was excited but terrified of falling victim to the condition again.
The chances are high that it will return on subsequent pregnancies.
I consoled myself with the fact that after 4 or 5 months of living hell during my first pregnancy, I was finally prescribed a medication that was very effective.
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We repealed the 8th
Every Day at least 9 women are still traveling.
Every Day a minimum of 3 women are taking unregulated, illegal pills.
The work is not done.
The work is not close to being done.
The *right* legislation matters
Women and girls will still slip between the cracks. The grey areas unthought of...
We will not stop fighting for FREE SAFE LEGAL
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So I hadn't planned on doing another #repealedthe8th/@repeal_shield thread quite so soon. But I'm getting concerned/annoyed by attempts in some quarters to downplay just how nasty & toxic SM was for #repealthe8th activists. So I'm going to talk about that abuse for a moment.
On May 17th @becksk wrote a tweet expressing her feelings about the #8thref & abortion in Ireland, just like thousands of other Irish Women have.
It was eloquent, concise & powerful, & many people agreed, it got 33k likes & 16k retweets, it clearly made an impression. I've talked before about how women sharing their stories about Abortion are a powerful weapon for Pro Choice activists. And Anti choicers know & hate that.
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Thread on @repeal_shield & #repealthe8th & trolls, I've not a chance to talk properly about @Hazel_ok's, work breaking down our blocklist data. & I want to talk about some of the pieces & comments people have made about SM & the #8thref result. #Together4Yes #RepealedThe8th
Alot of people are drawing comparisons between trump win the brexit referendum & #repealedthe8th. I think there are important takeaways from the campaign for other groups moving forward, but we should remember, that this referendum was a long time coming.
Speaking personally the 8th was a factor in my political life since my early teens. I remember spotting @taraobrien1 marching against the referendum in '93. This ref was the culmination of a campaign that kicked into gear with the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar 5 yrs ago
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