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The Global Fight for Abortion Rights: Lessons from Argentina and Ireland

In recent years, global movements for abortion rights have made incredible breakthroughs. In late 2020, feminists in Argentina won their decades-long fight to legalize abortion. In 2018, Ireland’s victorious movement to repeal the 8th amendment led to a historic referendum vote that marked an enormous shift in public support for safe, legal abortion.

In the decades following the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade decision, the abortion rights movement in the United States has endured a wave of setbacks and sustained conservative backlash. Following years of clinic closures and restrictive state laws, an estimated 11 million people seeking abortion in the US now live more than one hour’s drive from an abortion clinic. Abortion activists fear that the political landscape is heading toward a “post-Roe America”.

What lessons can we learn from the global struggle to inspire us to build a fighting movement in the U.S. to defend Roe and assure abortion access to all who need one?



Clare Daly is an independent member of the European Parliament elected from Dublin Ireland, former member of the Irish Parliament and mover of multiple pieces of legislation for Abortion Rights in Ireland, and long standing activist on the issue.

Sarah Leonard is the publisher of Lux, and a member of its editorial collective. She is a contributing editor to Dissent and The Nation.

Camila Valle is an editor, translator, and writer in New York. She is a member of NYC for Abortion Rights.


This event is sponsored by Chicago DSA, Lux MagazineChicago for Abortion RightsChicago Abortion FundChicago DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group and Haymarket Books.