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February 15, 2014

Tweeting Ireland's abortion struggle

Activist garners praise for sharing her story on country's citizen-run Twitter account.
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Photo via Twitter user @Ireland

One Irish feminist is encouraging women to break their silence on abortion, and she's using the country's citizen-run Twitter account, @Ireland, to speak out.

Activist Janet Ní Shuilleabháin has been curating the account, which introduces a new person weekly, since Monday. On Thursday, she used the account to announce her support for legalising abortion, detailing her own experience years ago at the age of 18.

Abortion is a divisive topic in Ireland, a country that is predominantly Catholic. A hotly debated abortion bill signed into law in July grants women the right to terminate pregnancies in very limited circumstances. 

As Ní Shuilleabháin described on Twitter, when she became pregnant abortion in Ireland was taboo.

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