Anna Cosgrove is on a mission to legalize abortion in Ireland, ahead of a historic vote to end the country’s ban on it — even in cases of rape and incest.
“The people of Ireland are going to vote to hopefully, finally allow women to have safe and legal access to abortion services,” she explained to NowThis.
Cosgrove is the founder of Repeal Project. She and hundreds of activists are on a mission to repeal Irelands 8th Amendment, which gives a woman and a fetus an “equal right to life.” Ireland’s law is one of the strictest in the world and has led to deaths, as well as thousands of women leaving the country each year in search of abortion care. In 2016, more than 3,200 Irish women and girls traveled to the UK for an abortion. But on May 25, Ireland will vote whether or not to repeal the law after approximately 35 years.
Through Repeal Project, Cosgrove partnered with the Abortion Rights Campaign and Together for Yes, to bring the issue to the mainstream, by selling their “repeal” clothing, so women can wear and spread their support.
“I just wanted to humanize the issue and to help grassroots organizations, and just for women walking about the street to know, when they saw the word ‘repeal’ on their chest, they were supported by everyday people,” said Cosgrove. “