Vigil for Savita and Protest at Ireland’s Abortion ban, Irish Embassy, Berlin

This evening, there was a vigil at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. About 60 people gathered, with candles and placards, to mourn the untimely and entirely preventable death of Savita Halappanavar.

I read out statements from Termination For Medical Reasons, Choice Ireland, a group of NUI Galway and University of Limerick academics and Fiona Hyde, editor of Siren Magazine. It was a really lovely group of people, lots of Irish, but not all. I was glad I had my passport as I ended up being legally responsible for the vigil / protest. The police officers asked me about the vigil and seemed shocked that even a miscarrying woman couldn’t have an abortion in Ireland. Quite a few people asked me when the next one is. They felt we should keep the pressure on, and shame the Irish government into legislating. So I guess we will start organizing that now.

♥ ♥ ♥, your Midi Grrrl.

Miscarriage Placard, Irish Embassy, Berlin, protest, Savita

A miscarriage should not equal a death sentence.

Savita, family, irish embassy, berlin

Family Bgarten at the vigil for Savita, Irish Embassy, Berlin.

Crowd gathering outside Irish Embassy, Berlin, for vigil

Crowd starts to gather as I “registered” the “kundgebung” with the police.

Candles have been laid for Savita at Irish Embassy, Berlin

Candles have been laid for Savita at Irish Embassy, Berlin

Protesters during speeches, irish embassy, berlin

Protesters during first speech, Irish embassy, berlin

Candles Irish Embassy, Berlin, savita, never again

Towards the end, people started to come forward and lay down candles in a very simple gesture of mourning.

U Bahn Home after Irish Embassy Protest Berlin Never Again Savita

Getting the U-Bahn home with Delphine. NEVER AGAIN!

Photo Credit: Midi Grrrl.


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Maebh Murphy grew up in Waterford, Ireland and lives in Berlin, Germany. As a teenager, she participated in outreach programmes by Waterford Youth Arts and developed a taste for writing, acting, directing, dance and theatre. At Trinity College, Dublin she studied English Literature and Drama Studies. In 2006 she was a founding member of the "audiodetour" project, making mp3 choreographed audio guides in Dublin, Edinburgh, Berlin and New York. In 2007 she formed the band You're Only Massive, who have released several records on vinyl, cassette and itunes and played concerts in Europe and North America. Since 2011 she have been working with Ruby Tuesday e.v. Berlin as a band coach, instrument coach and organizer of music camps for people discriminated against on the basis of gender, and is currently in the process of setting up Girls* Rock! Ireland. She is a catalyst of Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Interests include electronic music, synthesizers, feminism, classism, the girls rock movement and veganism.

3 thoughts on “Vigil for Savita and Protest at Ireland’s Abortion ban, Irish Embassy, Berlin

  1. Very moving to see the level of international support behind the push to change Ireland’s brutal abortion laws. Solidarity from Galway Pro Choice, Ireland.

  2. Thank you so much, your photos and account of your vigil and rally have moved me to tears this rainy day near Belfast. xo

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