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Repeal jumpers at the ready – the 6th Annual March for Choice takes place in Dublin this weekend.

On Saturday September 30, pro-choice campaigners from across the country will descend on the capital city to fight for the right to free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland.

In what will be the last march before a referendum is called, Abortion Rights Campaign are calling on the citizens of Ireland to make their voices heard.

Assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm, campaigners will take to the streets before marching on Dáil Éireann at 2pm.

Proceeding down O'Connell street, marchers will turn left at the quays towards The Custom House. Those unable to walk the full route are advised to join the march at this point.

Crossing the Liffey and moving toward the back entrance of Trinity College, campaigners will proceed down Pearse Street and onto Merrion Square, before finishing up outside Dáil Éireann.

Here, crowds will hear from speakers who will drive home the message that although the march may be over for another year, the fight is not over until our government legislates for free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland.

Those wishing to travel to the march on Saturday have a number of options available to them. Pro-choice groups across the country have organised a number of buses scheduled to leave from Belfast, Clare, Cork Galway, Donegal, Derry, Kerry, Limerick, Longford, Meath, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford.

You can find more information and a full list of available transport here, on ARC's Transportation Facebook page, where many campaigners have organised carpools from every corner of the country.

This is our last chance ladies, so make sure you make your voice heard! 

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Ahead of this Saturday's March for Choice, Abortion Rights Campaign and Damn Fine Print are teaming up to host the ultimate pro-choice poster printing workshop.

Supporters are invited to drop in and print their very own poster/placard for use at the upcoming press conference and the annual march on September 30.

Keeping the theme of this year's march, 'Time to Act', Damn Fine Print will have many designs to choose from, including one from street artist and Radio DJ, Will St Leger.

A limited amount of supplies will be on hand, but organisers have recommended that those interested in attending the event bring their own cardboard/paper/placard.

This event is free to attend, though donations toward the campaign are welcome but not expected.

Abortion Rights Campaign Props Make-In takes place in Damn Fine Print, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, from 6pm – 9pm on Thursday September 28.

Click here for more information.

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This Saturday, thousands of women will march from the Garden of Remembrance to Dáil Éireann in this year's March for Choice. 

Many of them will be donning their Repeal jumpers with pride to utilise their outerwear as a form of political statement. 

Repeal jumpers have been off the market for a number of months, but the demand for them continues (so much so, that a number of months ago, SHEmazing uncovered a black market producing fake jumpers).

 

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Aside from a Repeal pop-up in Nine Crows last December, the jumpers have been notoriously tricky to get ahold of since last summer.

Now, the Repeal Project have announced that on the morning of the march, a limited number of the now iconic black slogan jumper's will be available. 

The proceeds from the sales go to The Abortion Rights Campaign Ireland, making them the ideal way to both visually and financially show your support for the cause. 

 

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The pop-up will be held at Indigo & Cloth, where the jumpers were originally sold. 

They will also be selling Repeal necklaces at the pop-up. 

According to an Instagram post, the Repeal Project will completely relaunch this October. 

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The March for Choice is kicking off next weekend, and while the most important thing is just to show up, we have been considering what we're going to wear. 

As well as being there, we want to show our support for the Abortion Rights Campaign by donating to the campaign, and making our pro-choice opinion visible through what we don on the day. 

Luckily, there has been a new drop of feminist, pro-choice merch online, and we're all about it. 

Uterus Prime was created in September 2016 by Dublin based architect and artist Rae Moore. 

The design is being utilised to raise awareness and funds for the Abortion Rights Campaign. 

The graphic design has a unique twist on an image of the female reproductive system, combining it with Transformers hero, Optimus Prime.

Uteris Prime fights for women's reporoductive rights, and believes that 'bodily autonomy is the right of all sentient beings.'

The 6th Annual March for Choice, takes place on Saturday the 30th of September, assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm, before a march on Dáil Éireann at 2pm. (if you can't make it you can catch it on the SHEmazing social media on the day)

If you want to represent your stance through your clothing and want to donate to the Abortion Rights Campaign, these concept conscious pieces are an option. 

You can find them online here.

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The March for Choice, which is organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign, will be taking place in the Irish capital four weeks from today.

And ahead of the Rubberbandits gig in Vicar Street on that same day, the Limerick duo have encouraged their fans to take part in the march before attending the gig.

Taking to both Twitter and Facebook this week to remind fans of the city-wide event later this month, they wrote "People travelling up for our Vicar Street gig on the 30th. The March for choice is on during the day, please go to that if you're in Dublin."

The tweet has been shared extensively since its upload in recent days, however the comedy act have come in for criticism from some Twitter users for using their platform to promote the march.

"The #repealthe8th freakshow will be enough of a laugh," wrote Emma Murphy while David Plunkett added: "The March to legalise the termination of unborn children. Bit of a whitewash to just say 'choice'. Ur gone a bit lefty lads."

Responding to the critical remarks, other users have weighed in, with one writing: "Is it only now you have noticed that Rubberbandits are a bit lefty? Lol. Sharp one you are."

"It's great to see two intelligent lads use their platform for progressive politics. This country needs more of that."

On Facebook, the act came in for more criticism, with one Facebook user writing: "F*ck off and stick to comedy."

Responding to the advice, the Rubberbandits replied: "Ah jaysus Gerard. Goway will ya. We're not for you, it's grand."

Never change, lads.

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Mark your diaries and dust off your Repeal jumpers, because this year's March for Choice has a date.

The Abortion Rights Campaign has shared a Facebook event for the march, which is set to take place on September 30 this year.

Estimates put the number of attendees at last year's March for Choice at over 20,000.

With the success of the Strike for Repeal, which saw approximately 15,000 people take to O'Connell Bridge in Dublin for a day of peaceful strike action against the government's choice to maintain the 8th amendment, and the outcome of the recent Citizens' Assembly, this year's march is set to be bigger than ever.

We'll see you there!

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Today marked the 5th annual March for Choice in Dublin City Centre.

Mothers, daughters, brothers, fathers, friends and even movie stars flooded the streets of the city as they set out in order for the Eight Amendment to be changed and for abortion to be legalised in Ireland.

And even with the downpour of rain and Dublin Bus on strike, the people of Ireland came out in their thousands.

Here, we take a look at the best reactions on social media to the day's event:

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Today will see thousands flock to Dublin City Centre in order to take part in the 5th annual March for Choice.

Hundreds of high-profile figures have stepped out and asked for support to repeal the Eight Amendment, and the latest star to do just that is Rosanna Davison.

She revealed yesterday that she fully supports the Repeal the Eight Campaign to change the law to make abortion legal in Ireland.

The author said that she doesn’t usually speak out about political issues, but for this, she wholeheartedly believes in it.

“I absolutely support the campaign,” she told The Irish Mirror.

“I tend to stay away from politics but I personally believe that women should have the choice over their body and their fertility.”

The biggest ever turnout is expected today with crowds assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square at 1.30pm before marching to Leinster House at 2pm.

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This Saturday marks the 5th annual March for Choice in Dublin.

And with TDs and Senators alike coming together in order to repeal the Eight Amendment, it's certainly going to be a day to remember.

The Abortion Rights Campaign is organising the march and their spokesperson Michali Hyams said: “We expect thousands to join the march to call for free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland, our numbers have doubled year on year with 10,000 taking to the streets last September.

"The crowd will assemble at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square at 1.30pm before marching to Leinster House at 2pm.”

An abundance of TDs and Senators, who are representing almost every party in the Oireachtas will attend a press conference before the march and are expected to speak out before joining ARC for a 1916-themed photocall.

Independent TD Clare Daly said: "The Abortion Rights Campaign’s annual March for Choice will be bigger and bolder than ever.

"The call for a Repeal of the 8th Amendment is turning into a roar, with today's generation demonstrating it is no longer willing to see women treated as second-class citizens."

We're certainly going to be there. Are you?

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Thousands of people have flooded to Dublin City Centre today to attend the fourth annual pro-choice march.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm before moving towards Merrion Square.

Several politicians also took part in the march, including TD Aodhán O Ríordáin.

Speaking to RTE, Labour junior minister Aodhán said he believed a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment “would be trounced” if it was held tomorrow, continuing: “It would be 20 years before we can return to it.”

Holding a referendum on repealing the amendment is likely to be on the agenda for the next government.

A recent opinion poll found that 28% of people will decide how they will vote at the next election based on what a political party or candidate says about abortion.

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