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'minority targeted' Abortion Rights Campaign joins Trans Writers' Union boycott of Irish Times over article

'It is unacceptable for any paper to continually target a minority community in this fashion'

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A call to boycott the Irish Times by the Trans Writers’ Union has been joined by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC). 

The campaign said it has decided not to “share, read, pay for or write for the Irish Times” until the paper withdraws and apologises for a conversion therapy article that was published on August 9, 2021.

Spokesperson Helen Stonehouse said their press release marks the last time ARC will engage with the Irish Times until it “takes practical, committed steps to adopting a trans-inclusive editorial line”.

“The Trans Writers’ Union boycott came about as a result of the paper sharing uncritical articles on conversion therapy, a practice that has been widely condemned as torture by health professionals, human rights organisations and organisations that support torture victims,” the statement reads.

“Trans rights and reproductive rights are inherently linked struggles.

"We stand with our trans siblings in their fight for bodily autonomy and we wholeheartedly support their campaign”, Ms Stonehouse added.

“It is unacceptable for any paper to continually target a minority community in this fashion. It is exhausting to repeatedly ask for basic respect and integrity in journalism.

"This is an issue that we as pro-choice campaigners are all too aware of."

She added: “For years many newspapers refused to acknowledge the opinions of those who supported increased abortion access in Ireland. It wasn’t until the tragic death of Savita Halappanavaar that many publications acknowledged the call to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

“Does there need to be a body count for publishers to step up and acknowledge what they publish or refuse to publish has consequences?"

Ms Stonehouse said they will not wait for trans people “to die tragically before they are treated with humanity”.

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“Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, when we acknowledge the 375 lives that have been lost this year to transphobic violence.

“The pro-choice community knows all too well how damaging and misleading articles can perpetuate stigma in society.

"This stigma, along with a healthcare and political system that refuses to progress, has created long-lasting damage. Trans people have asked us to boycott and we, as an organisation, have listened."

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