Rita Harrold, one of Rosa’s organisers, gave updates on the campaign over the coach stereo, interspersed with blasts of Beyoncé and self-care tips.
Chat ranged from sex to studies, and everything was politicised.
He also turned his attention to four mums at the rally with their babies, assuming that, as parents, they were there in support of the anti-abortion movement.
He became visibly irritated when they informed him they were not.“Just because we’re mothers and pro-motherhood doesn’t mean we’re anti-abortion,” one of the women told Buzz Feed News. The only difference between the unborn child and you is time.”“When have you ever been pregnant? He told us he was “absolutely 100%” pro-abortion rights.
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Representatives for local Rosa groups got on and off the bus that sped through the grey and green Irish countryside, to join protests calling for the eighth amendment to be repealed, coinciding with International Women’s Day.
The atmosphere on board was urgent, frustrated, and fired up but also often jovial.
It's been more than two years since Ireland voted by a large majority to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first nation to do so in a referendum.we were extremely emotional, we gave each other a hug, after that we were walking down the street, a woman came running after us and she was like, 'Oh my God I was going in to vote No and now I've decided to vote Yes'." On the other side of the debate in Ireland — a country once dominated by the Catholic Church — are religious figures like Vincent Twomey, a priest who studied under Pope Benedict."The referendum in Ireland was on the whole a very negative experience," he says."Overall the media was unbalanced in its coverage."He believes the odds are "heavily" stacked against No campaigners in Western countries across the globe and claims concerns about children and the future of the family unit are often too quickly dismissed."We were involved in trying to argue this on reasonable grounds; it didn't work," Father Twomey says."I think at this stage, considering the culture of the Anglo-Saxon world …the time has come to very simply say that 'this is not God's will'."Now [church leaders] will be called bigoted and all the rest of it, but they have to take that on the chin.Marriage between a man and a woman was what god intended to make us happy.Anything that deviates from nature, from the norm, cannot be good in the long-run."Father Twomey and several other opponents of same-sex marriage in Ireland believe the campaign is only part of a broader push to diminish the role of God in public life."[The abuse scandals] the church has gone through is partly to blame and also partly to blame is the fact that God has been forgotten," Father Twomey says.