"An Internment Camp for Pregnant Young Women"

EXHIBITION : WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY

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Thousands protest over refusal to allow 14-year-old rape victim to travel abroad for an abortion.

  • Title
    X Case Protest March
  • 1st Broadcast
    22/02/1992
  • Contributor
    Lorna Donlon (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:32
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "An Internment Camp for Pregnant Young Women"
  • Extended description

    When the High Court refused to allow a 14-year-old rape victim to leave Ireland to travel abroad for an abortion in what is known as the X Case, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest.

    This RTÉ News report shows the march down O'Connell Street and the sit-in at O'Connell Bridge. Reporter Lorna Donlon speaks to protesters, including a mother who says that if it were her daughter, "I wouldn't worry about the law, I would have gone ahead and had the abortion".

    At a rally outside the GPO, the crowd is told that "Ireland has become an internment camp for pregnant young women". Singers Mary Coughlan and Sinéad O'Connor address the rally, with O'Connor calling for another referendum on the constitution, saying that the decision is an "invasion of the civil rights of all Irish women".

    The Supreme Court later over-ruled the decision on the basis that the 14-year-old was suicidal.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on the X Case protest held on 22 February 1992.

  • Local keywords
    Abortion, Rape, X Case, Protest, Mary Coughlan, Sinéad O'Connor
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1992
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN92/053
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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