Strike 4 Repeal was an abortion rights protest in Ireland on International Women’s Day 2017 (Wednesday 8 March 2017). It called for a repeal of the Eight Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which bans abortion in nearly all cases, by recognising “the right to life of the unborn”.
The protest was organised by Strike 4 Repeal, an ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists organising for abortion rights in Ireland. The main march was in Dublin, with 10,000 people on O’Connell Bridge, and later many outside other government buildings. Despite the name “strike” some people took paid holidays that day. There were also protests in Galway, Limerick, Cork & other cities & towns around Ireland. A protest was also held outside the Irish Embassy in London.
It was inspired by a similar Black Protest in Poland several months earlier.