Every month more than 340 Irish women are forced to travel to England and Wales to have an abortion . In Ireland, it is currently a criminal offence to have this procedure under nearly every possible circumstance. Despite a UN committee recently ruling that the country's law was in violation of human rights, Ireland continues to hold criminal sanctions over any women who chooses to have an abortion in this country .
Right now, Ireland's Abortion Rights Campaign is becoming increasingly more vocal in demanding a referendum that would repeal the Constitution's Eighth Amendment; bringing free, safe and legal abortion to the country.
As someone who strongly supports this campaign, I was eager to create a work that might draw attention to the staggering number of women forced abroad each month. On the 8th of March 2017 (International Women's Day), I spent the day creating an artwork which I hoped might highlight this terrifying statistic.
As an illustrator, I feel that I understand the world best through drawing. For me, this project was a very personal way to attempt to come to terms with the sheer number of lives that are affected in Ireland each month by abortion.
The finished work took the form of a zine. I was conscious that the internet has a tendency to often work as an echo chamber when discussing political and social issues, while zines continue to be a very direct and accessible way to circulate ideas.
The work was promoted online through social media and people were encouraged to download, print and distribute it in whatever way they saw fit.
The zine (along with instructions and some wallpapers) are available to download here.