It’s time to talk about the pseudoscience corrupting the abortion debate

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On the eve of the final March for Choice ahead of Ireland’s referendum on abortion rights next year, a scientist explains why we urgently need to challenge the dogma

On Saturday 30 September 2017, the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) – a pro-choice alliance of which I am a member – is hosting its sixth annual March for Choice in Dublin city centre. It is a particularly significant event, as it will be our last march before next year’s referendum over whether to repeal the eighth amendment, the law that gives a foetus the same right to life as the mother.

In the summer of 2012, a few small pro-choice groups met up in Dublin to discuss collaborating. The result, the formation of the Irish Choice Network, gained momentum so quickly that the founders realised an even larger, all-island movement was needed. And so the ARC was formed.

Related: We can topple Ireland’s ludicrous abortion law, but it’s not a done deal | Emer O’Toole

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