Finally. A beauty pageant video that is going viral for the right reasons.
Sydney woman Brianna Parkins floored locals when she called for the nation to review their abortion policies and simply “do better”.
“I think we can do better here in Ireland. I think it is time to give women a say on their own reproductive rights,” she said.
Parkins referred to the eighth amendment that criminalises abortion and proposed a referendum.
“I would love to see a referendum on the eighth coming up soon. That would be my dream,” she said.
The 25-year-old was an international entrant in the annual Irish “Rose of Tralee” pageant.
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Parkins used her international status to bring focus on not just Ireland’s social issues but those grown here too.
“In Australia we just had our funding cut for domestic violence shelters, so we’re having women who are being turned away on a nightly basis,” she said.
“We’re having women sleeping on police station floors.”
“And it’s just not on. And I think we can do better.”
The speech was recorded and uploaded onto social media where it has earned the young journalist international praise.
Parkins thanked her supporters with a happy selfie in a ‘repeal the 8th’ t-shirt.
* Feature image via RTE.