Emma Watson, Joshua Jackson + More Celebs React to Ireland’s Abortion Repeal
It’s a historical day for women’s rights in Ireland. In a landslide vote of 66.4 percent, the country has voted to repeal its eighth constitutional amendment banning women from abortion. Now, celebrities are sounding off about the pro-choice win with a slew of celebratory posts.
The eighth amendment has been in place since being voted into the constitution of the largely Catholic country by referendum in 1983. With its repeal, the government will legally introduce abortion up to 12 weeks into its healthcare system.
Huge crowds of the repeals supporters, some of whom flew home from overseas to participate in the vote, gathered at Dublin Castle to revel in the moment.
Celebrities, too, celebrated the momentous occasion, with everyone from Emma Watson, Alexa Chung, Elizabeth Banks, and Kate Walsh posting about the pro-choice victory. “A vote for the freedom to choose, a vote for women’s rights, a vote for women’s control over their bodies, a vote for women’s health and safety, a vote for equality. Thinking of Ireland,” Watson wrote.
Men, too, supported the decision, with Joshua Jackson taking to social media to voice his pride.
“Being that I am the son of a woman from Ireland… I always stand with the women of Ireland… but today I am especially proud of my blood. A ray of sunshine on a dark landscape these days,” he wrote.
New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe echoed Jackson’s sentiments, writing, “I have two beautiful sons. I wasn’t lucky enough to have a daughter. If I was, I’d wish her to have courage like yours. Nobody’s daughter should ever be told she doesn’t have authority over her own body.”
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