A ground-breaking report into trade unionists’ attitudes to abortion throughout Ireland, North and South, was launched this morning. Abortion as a Workplace Issue is based on a quantitative and qualitative survey commissioned by trade unions Unite the Union, Republic of Ireland, Unison, Mandate, CWU and GMB, as well as Alliance for Choice (Northern Ireland) and the Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment (Republic of Ireland). The research was conducted by Ulster University and analyses responses from over 3,000 trade union members.
Find the survey results at the link below –http://www.mandate.ie/Docum…/110145_TUARFINALFORPRINTING.pdf
Fiona of the Re(al) Productive Health campaign, who have recently released their policy document, was gracious enough to answer a few question on the organisation for us.
What is Re(al)-Productive Health?
Re(al)-Productive Health is a working group, launched in October 2013, which actively campaigns around issues concerning reproductive care in Ireland. Our current campaign focuses on the availability of and access to over the counter emergency hormonal contraception.
In April 2011, Levonorgestrel (available in Ireland as HRA Pharma’s ‘NorLevo’) became available over the counter in Irish pharmacies. Our work intends to promote accessibility of the drug whilst mapping the implications for individuals seeking emergency contraception in Ireland in terms of this over the counter availability, and looking to tangibly improve accessibility.
We believe that the full availability and access to the morning after pill for those living in Ireland is hugely significant for securing those real reproductive rights which have often been overlooked.