The 8th (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m

Capturing a crucial moment for women’s rights, The 8th tells the incredible story of how Ireland overturned one of the world’s most restrictive laws on abortion. Led by the fiercely passionate Ailbhe Smyth, Ireland’s pro-choice movement must radically shift tactics to carry a traditionally conservative electorate over the line. Their efforts are particularly complex in the context of Ireland’s strong religious roots and historical mistreatment of women and children. Essential viewing in an era of global rollbacks on women’s bodily autonomy rights, this extraordinary film delivers a lesson in the power of grassroots activism and amplifies the voices of women across ages and backgrounds who refuse to stand down.

“It’s actually about more than what you’re voting on – while we’re voting on reproductive health care, it’s also about the value we’re giving women in Irish society, saying we do value them and we do trust them.” - Andrea Horan, The 8th

Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Friday, June 19
5:20 PM EDT – Start watching the film
6:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
7:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Aideen Kane, HRW’s Americas Researcher for Women’s Rights Ximena Casas & special guests. Moderated by HRW’s senior legal advisor Aisling Reidy. Register here
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Director

Aideen Kane

Director

Lucy Kennedy

Director

Maeve O'Boyle

Producer

Alan Maher

Executive Producer

Lesley McKimm

Executive Producer

Amy Nauiokas

Executive Producer

Jess Kwan

Executive Producer

Gini Reticker

Executive Producer

Abigail E. Disney

Language(s)

English

Bonus Content

9 mins
Dominican Republic: What happens when abortion is totally banned?

The Dominican Republic’s total ban on abortion threatens women’s health and lives and violates their rights. Abortion is illegal in the Dominican Republic in all circumstances, even when a pregnancy is life-threatening, unviable, or the result of rape. Women and girls facing unwanted pregnancies have clandestine abortions, often at great risk to their health and lives. Many experience health complications from unsafe abortions, and some die. Some women and girls face abuse, neglect, or mistreatment by healthcare providers. The ban does not stop abortion but drives it underground and makes it less safe. As a starting place toward meeting the country’s human rights obligations, Congress should decriminalize abortion in three circumstances, Human Rights Watch said.

Read the full report here, and download The 8th to access this video content.

3 mins
Poland: Women's Rights Activists are Under Attack

The Polish government is attacking women’s rights activists and organizations, putting women’s rights and safety at risk. More than two years after the first Black Protests, when thousands took to the streets to protest efforts to further restrict access to abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) party is targeting women’s rights activism through raids on groups’ offices, denial of funding, public smear campaigns, and disciplinary action.

Read the full report here, and download The 8th to access this video content.

3 mins
Brazil Should Decriminalize Abortion

Brazil’s abortion laws are incompatible with its human rights obligations. Human Rights Watch spoke at a public hearing on August 3 and 6, 2018, as part of a Supreme Court case challenging the criminalization of abortion in Brazil in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Human Rights Watch urged the court to consider Brazil’s obligations under international law in reaching its ruling. Abortion is legal in Brazil only in cases of rape, when necessary to save a woman’s life, or when the fetus suffers from anencephaly – a fatal congenital brain disorder. Women and girls who terminate pregnancies under any other circumstances face up to three years in prison.

Read more here, and download The 8th to access this video content.

1 mins
Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that threatens women’s and girls’ health and rights.

Read more here, and download The 8th to access this video content.

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