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Reproductive rights and justice

Many of you will know about me because of my book Repealed: Ireland’s Ongoing Fight for Reproductive Rights which told the story of the repeal movement from the perspective of grass-roots activists. I’ve also written other books and articles about reproductive rights more broadly and about reproductive justice believing, as Laura Briggs puts it ‘all politics is reproductive rights politics. In this section, you’ll find articles and commentary on maternity care, obstetric violence, the role of education within healthcare worker professional practice and much more. This means seeing housing, the cost of childcare, the quality of a person’s job, their basic standard of health and living and the impact of borders on their lives as all part of the struggle for reproductive rights.  

Irish healthcare workers experiences of anti-abortion protesters and the case for safe access zones.

This report draws from research carried out in 2021 on the impact of anti-abortion protests by those at the coal face of service delivery. It shows majority support for the introduction of safe access zones amongst healthcare workers and highlights the role of activists in bringing about change.

Repealed, Ireland’s unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights

A celebration and analysis of a 35-year long grassroots movement that successfully overturned the ban on abortion in Ireland.

Critical Education in the Irish Repeal Movement

(Fitzsimons, 2022).

A Mother is Born Too

Research into the Experiences of Muslim women in Irish Maternity Settings (Fitzsimons, Hussan, Nwanze, & Obasi, 2021).

Reproductive Rights and Abortion Access

(Fitzsimons, 2021)

Radicals in Conversation

Repealed: Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights.