Ireland Abortion Law:'The Rose of Tralee' Contestant Brianna Parkins Sparks Controversy With Her Comments; Two Anti-Abortion Orgs Sue City of Chicago[VIDEO]


Abortion is one of the debatable topics in the society. In Ireland, "Rose of Tralee" contestant Brianna Parkins has sparked controversy with her comments, while in the United States of America, two organizations filed suit against City of Chicago.

"The Rose of Tralee" is the long-running beauty pageant in the Republic of Ireland. This week, it has become a debate battle ground over abortion legislation.

One of the contestants, Perkins, sparked controversies after she made comments when she was interviewed, which was live on television to hundreds of thousands of viewers, on August 22, BBC reported.

"I think it is time to give women a say on their own reproductive rights," she told presenter Dáithí ó Sé.

Her answers were unexpected for the "Rose of Tralee" contestant because contestants are expected to be wholesome and wholly unthreatening, according to the source. 

#SydneyRose became trending. Some online users showed support to Perkins. Perkins clarified on Twitter that she still love the "Rose of Tralee" because it gave her confidence to do what she did during the interview.

Perkins was referring to the eighth amendment of Ireland's constitution, introduced in 1983, which asked the Irish people to vote on the State's abortion laws.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the two organizations, the Pro-Life Action League and the Live Pro-Life Group filed suit against the City of Chicago on August 23. In the filed suit, the organizations claim that the "Bubble Zone Ordinance" violates the constitutional right to "counsel" patients approaching reproductive health care facilities, according to Truth Out Org.

The "Bubble Zone Ordinance" was  enacted on October 7, 2009,  The complaint stated that the ordinance targets certain categories of speech, which includes, passing a leaflet or handbill, displaying a sign, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling.  The complaint also mentioned that it was enacted to restrict pro-life speech. 

According to the lawsuit filed, the plaintiffs cite both the US and Illinois Constitutions, claimed they have "suffered irreparable injury" to their constitutional rights because they can't approach patients inside the eight-foot "bubble" within 50 feet of an abortion clinic entrance. 

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