Repeal The 8th gathering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Repeal The 8th gathering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lauren Crothers

Activists, campaigners and expats came together in unity across the world on Saturday to protest Ireland's abortion law.

Coinciding with the Abortion Rights Campaign's (ARC) March For Choice in Dublin, protestors will show their support in cities from Paris to Phnom Penh, New York to Sydney.

All aim to raise awareness of the Republic's abortion ban and hope their efforts will support calls for a referendum on the issue.

ARC spokeswoman Janet O’Sullivan said: “We are tired of the delay tactics being used by successive governments who bury their heads in the sand, ignoring the urgent need and desire for change.”

Campaigners for the Repeal The 8th movement shared a series of moving images on social media, showing the faces lending support to the global campaign.

A rally in Brussels in support of the #repealthe8th movementA rally in Brussels in support of the #repealthe8th movement (Picture: Erica Jane)

Protesters in Phnom Penh rally to support the #repealthe8th campaignProtesters in Phnom Penh rally to support the #repealthe8th campaign (Picture: Lauren Crothers)

March for Choice rally in DublinMarch for Choice rally in Dublin (Picture: Maoiliosa)

Ireland's controversial Eighth Amendment equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus.

In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases with the exception of where it would endanger the mother's life.

According to the Abortion Rights Campaign, this infringes on Irish women's human rights and goes against international human rights norms.

They also claim it no longer reflects public opinion in the country.

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