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This Woman Is Protesting For Abortion Rights By Tweeting Her Period To The Irish Prime Minister

"Since the Irish state thinks my body is their business, I should take it at its word."

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Gráinne Maguire is a 35-year-old comedian from Navan in County Meath, Ireland.

Gráinne Maguire / Via Twitter: @GrainneMaguire

She's protesting against Ireland's abortion laws by live-tweeting her period to the Irish taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Hi @endakennyTD another day, another decision! What do you think? Thanks bae 😍#repealthe8th

Maguire told BuzzFeed News: "I just thought since the Irish state thinks my body is their business, I should take it at its word. They get to decide what happens inside it, so they should know the full details."

.@EndaKennyTD having one of those days where I*think*my periods gone but not sure.What should I do?Whats the state position?x #repealthe8th

The hashtag #RepealThe8th refers to the Irish constitution's eighth amendment, which bans abortions unless continuing with the pregnancy would result in death.

Other women are joining in too and tweeting Kenny about their periods.

Hey @EndaKennyTD. Day 5! Feeling much better now. I made this to help you understand how it all works #repealthe8th

@EndaKennyTD bleeding has officially stopped, my boobs and back are still in bits though, thanks for being here for me hun x #repealthe8th

"I never thought in a million years so many people would get behind it," Maguire said. "I thought it would just be a silly prank I did on my own."

"The support from other women has been incredible."

As yet, Irish national broadcaster RTÉ has not covered the story, but Maguire said: "I'd love them to cover it.

"I think the tide is changing in Ireland. Women are refusing to be silent and ashamed, they want equal rights."

Jasmin Nahar is a staff writer at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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