- 24 Nov 17
The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) said today that the excellent work started by the Citizens Assembly in early 2017 and continued by the members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Abortion was too important to cast aside.
Linda Kavanagh of ARC today commended the work done by TDs and Senators on the committee: “We have been delighted to see the majority of members entering the committee in good faith and with an open mind and we want to commend and acknowledge the shifting attitudes towards abortion that are apparent week after week".
"We are seeing a real understanding of the need for change and the reality that restrictions-based abortion access will not work in Ireland.”
Ms Kavanagh also praised “the excellent witnesses who have given up their time to share their experiences of the reality of the 8th amendment.”
Linda Kavanagh sought to remind TDs that the majority of people in Ireland want change to Ireland’s abortion laws, and that “The Joint Oireachtas Committee has already voted not to retain article 40.3.33".
She worried that the work done by the Assembly and money invested would go to waste, as the Joint Oireachtas Committee has been in public session nine times and many witnesses were brought in from other countries.
Therefore, "It would be an affront to the people of Ireland for the work of this committee to be shelved for an indefinite period.”
Kavanagh believes a lot of progress has been made, and that “We are closer than ever to making real and substantive change to the lives of women and anyone who can get pregnant in Ireland”.
She continued “We will not let the referendum to Repeal the 8th to be held hostage in a bid to get votes for political parties. Abortion was a red line issue on the doorsteps in the last election and it will be the same in any future election.
"The political parties need to remember that lives and health care of the women of Ireland are not political pawns".
"We have waited long enough for access to decision making over our own bodies. With every additional day that passes another 12 people are forced to travel for abortion access or take illegal abortion pills in Ireland”.