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Christianity and debate on abortion, Women in Ireland's Easter Uprising, Tampon tax

Personal perspectives from two women sharing a Christian faith but opposing views on abortion. The forgotten history of women in Ireland's Easter Uprising. Truth and relationships.

Personal perspectives from two women who share a Christian faith but hold opposing views on abortion. Anti-abortion campaigner Isabel Vaughan-Spruce talks to us at a prayer vigil she organised outside one abortion provider's clinic, one of a number held during the season of Lent by the group '40 Days for Life'. Hannah Brown describes herself as Christian as well as pro-choice, and explains how she reconciles the two positions.

Are the days of the so-called tampon tax numbered after David Cameron's latest talks in Brussels? We talk to Labour MP Paula Sherriff about proposals that could see VAT scrapped on all sanitary products.

On the 100th anniversary of Ireland's Easter Uprising, we hear the often 'forgotten' history of women who took up arms to fight in the rebellion, and women's place in Irish politics then and today with guests Professor Mary McAuliffe of University College, Dublin, and Senia Paseta, Professor of Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford University.

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Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Anne Peacock.

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45 minutes


  • Tampon Tax

    Paula Sherriff talks about proposals that could see VAT scrapped on all sanitary products

    Duration: 03:32

  • Abortion and Christianity

    Personal perspectives from two women who share a Christian faith but hold opposing views

    Duration: 15:25

  • Easter uprising

    Mary McAuliffe and Senia Paseta discuss the women who took up arms to fight

    Duration: 10:15

  • The Truth

    Frances O'Connor and Cherry Healey discuss truth, lies and infidelity in relationships

    Duration: 12:42

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Anne Peacock
Interviewed Guest Isabel Vaughan-Spruce
Interviewed Guest Hannah Brown
Interviewed Guest Paula Sherriff
Interviewed Guest Mary McAuliffe
Interviewed Guest Senia Paseta
Interviewed Guest Frances O'Connor
Interviewed Guest Cherry Healey


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