Derry Girls and Big Issue cover stars Siobhan McSweeney and Nicola Coughlan marched on Westminster today to demand abortion rights for Northern Ireland.
The actors, from the Republic of Ireland themselves, joined women MPs to form a group of 28 who made their way across Westminster Bridge to the Northern Ireland office – representing the people forced to travel from Northern Ireland to England and Wales each week for an abortion.
McSweeney said: “I’m marching my suitcase to parliament for my sisters’ in Northern Ireland right to an abortion.
“Politicians and legislators are not doing their job, frankly. It’s a sorry state of affairs when somebody off the telly has to come and tell people to do their job.”
Each protester in the Amnesty International-led demonstration carried the names of 62,000 people who backed the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. Amnesty figures show that 65 per cent of adults there support the cause.
Currently, people can only get abortions in Northern Ireland if childbirth could put their life or wellbeing seriously at risk.