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Video: Liam Neeson narrates video calling for abortion to be legalised

By Valerie Edwards

Published 21/10/2015

Liam Neeson has narrated a haunting new video calling for the legalisation of abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

The ad was recently launched as an outcry against Ireland's abortion laws, which only allows women to terminate a pregnancy if their lives or health are threatened.

Irish writer and director, Graham Linehan and his wife Helen joined forces with Amnesty International for the campaign and the video, in order to bring attention to the issue.

Graham and his wife underwent a termination procedure due to a fatal foetal abnormality while living in England, but had they been in Ireland this would have been illegal.

The short video produced by Graham and voiced by Liam is entitled Chains.

In the video, the camera pans over a foggy, dead land and Liam's voice is heard over creepy music: "A ghost haunts Ireland. A cruel ghost of the last century still bound to the land."

"It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches. Feared by politicians, this is a ghost of paper and ink. A spirit that lives in a constitution written for a different time."

The video ends with Liam saying: "Ireland doesn't have to be chained to its past. It's time to lay this ghost to rest. Repeal the Eighth."

More than 170,000 women and girls have travelled from Ireland to England and Wales for an abortion since 1971 and in 2013, at least 3,679 women and girls travelled to other countries to have an abortion.

Any woman who has an abortion in Ireland faces up to 14 years in prison.

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