- 28 Jun 19
The singer hailing from Bray came out in support of the woman currently facing trial for accessing illegal abortion pills.
Hozier played Belsonic in Belfast last night and dedicated his empowering anthem 'Nina Cried Power' to a woman currently on trial in Northern Ireland for procuring abortion pills.
At @belsonicbelfast @Hozier just dedicated Nina Cried Power to the woman who is going on trial for helping her daughter as -that's something that shouldn’t be put on trial and isn’t criminal in most other places. Check out the repeal images! #abortionrightsni #TheNorthIsNext pic.twitter.com/iM4qxd4oGW
— Alliance For Choice (@All4Choice) June 27, 2019
Hozier has been a champion for abortion rights, including appealing for a 'Yes' vote last year during Ireland's referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Footage of pro-choice activists campaigning in Dublin last year played onscreen while Hozier belted out the chorus.
Although abortion is now legalised in the Republic, it is still completely illegal in Northern Ireland unless the doctor believes the mother's life is at risk.
A woman is to go on trial in Northern Ireland for obtaining abortion pills that she then gave to her teenage daughter between June 30th and July 30th, 2013.
The 38 year old charged with unlawfully procuring supplying a poison or other noxious thing (mifepristone and misoprostol) with the intention of inducing a miscarriage.
A trial date has been fixed for November 18. Although no details have been released about the case, it has been reported that the mother obtained the pills for her daughter who was 15 years old at the time.
Other artists have come out against Northern Ireland's 'draconian' abortion laws including Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones.
Many of Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland.
Originally boycotting working in US states who have recently passed legislation ruling abortion after six weeks a criminal offence, Turner has also come out against Northern Ireland's law and says, "luckily we're moving on" in relation to the medieval fantasy show ending.