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#Repealthe8th: Irish Women Are Tweeting About Their Periods To Protest Abortion Law

11/06/2015 04:50 EST | Updated 11/06/2015 05:59 EST
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As abortion laws continue to be the subject of ongoing debates in Ireland, one comedian thought it would be beneficial to let her prime minister know exactly what happens during her menstruation cycle.

Gráinne Maguire tweeted at Ireland's Prime Minster Enda Kenny earlier this week, noting that since reproductive rights appear to be so important to the government, women in Ireland should let their leader know what periods are actually like.

Using the hashtag #Repealthe8th, Maguire started a trend of women giving hilarious and detailed accounts of their time of the month, the Guardian reports.

In Ireland, women are banned from getting abortions unless a mother's life is in danger, notes Reuters, a change which was made in 2013. In fact, women who get illegal abortions can face 14 years in prison.

The hashtag, which alludes to the eighth amendment of the country's constitution, states the right of life to both a fetus and mother or:

"The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."

And as the country slowly shifts from a Catholic and conservative society (gay marriage was legalized this year), Reuters notes more and more women are calling for changes in abortion laws.

The tweets range from what periods feel like to some pretty funny underwear jokes. However, some women are also sharing their personal abortion experiences and stories of motherhood.

Some of the tweets also mention the October 2012 death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who worked as a dentist in Ireland, and was refused an abortion after she had a miscarriage and infection. Abortion laws in the country were reexamined after experts concluded an abortion could have saved Halappanavar's life.

Read more about the protest and campaign here.

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