The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act (1983) amended Ireland’s Constitution, giving an equal right to life to pregnant women and their unborn child. This led to conflicts in medical and social care, leading to loss of life and moral and legal arguments for and against body autonomy. It also drove women to seek abortions -sometimes unsafely- elsewhere. This created a divide between those who could afford to choose to travel and those who could not. It upheld the notion that foetal cells carry more importance than the mother carrying them and condemned women, pregnant as the result of rape, to full term pregnancy and motherhood, irrespective of choice. This year’s public referendum revoked the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, permitting the government to legislate for abortion and grant new body autonomy for the people of Ireland.
In a brand new partnership, Liverpool Irish Festival and OUTPUT Gallery invited artists to show their response to this. This is the resulting exhibit.
Regular opening times = 12-5pm, Thurs-Sun. On opening day the gallery will stay open until 8pm. The private view will take place from 2pm-4pm on Thurs 18 Oct 2018.
This work has been supported by Arts Council England.
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