Ahead of a series of rallies planned for this Saturday in Kerry, Dublin, Cork and Galway, Labour Women is calling for the end of "delaying tactics" by the government to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Following two shocking announcements in as many days that demonstrate how the Eighth Amendment has yet again failed the women of Ireland, Chair of Labour Women Sinead Ahern commented last night: “I know I’m not the only person to be repulsed by the news yesterday that a teenage girl was sectioned in a psychiatric ward for wanting an abortion - and today we learn that yet again the UN human rights committee has ruled against Ireland’s laws on abortion following another case where a woman was forced to travel for medical treatment.
"What kind of country are we living in where we treat women with such contempt and disrespect?"
She continued: “Late last year we welcomed the government’s response to the Amanda Mellet case but warned that there is nothing in place to prevent what happened to Ms Mellett from happening again to other women.
“There appears to be no end to the number of women who have been grossly mistreated as a direct result of the Eighth Amendment; it is therefore imperative that a referendum is called on this as soon as possible.
“This Saturday we will be at the Rally to Repeal the 8th from 3pm at the Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin 2, and we urge as many people as possible to join in one of the nationwide rallies and make a stand against this Amendment which has destroyed so many lives.”
Here's a list of of the rallies to be held this Saturday, 17 June:
@ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, The Square Tralee, Tralee, Kerry
@ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Grand Parade Cork, Grande Parade, Cork
@ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Eyre Square Galway, Eyre Square, Galway,
@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin 2