The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) – a leading sexual health provider – has joined the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, bringing the membership of the Coalition to 81 organisations who are working together to raise awareness of the urgent need for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Welcoming the new members, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The Coalition is now the largest ever civil society grouping in Ireland working to achieve constitutional change on this issue and I am delighted to welcome the IFPA as our newest member. The Eighth Amendment is a profound source of discrimination and national shame for Ireland and we heartened by the diverse membership of the Coalition working together to ensure that women have the right to make their own reproductive decisions.
“It has been a busy start to 2017 for the Coalition. Our members participated in the Women’s March in support of justice, equality and human rights; we highlighted our concerns about the impact of Brexit on women travelling to Britain for an abortion at an event organised by the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign in London; we held our AGM and released our Annual Review 2016; and we attended the Citizens’ Assembly February session as observers having made our submission last December.”
Upcoming Events and Activities
The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment are organising March4Repeal on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 at 5.30pm to mark International Women’s Day and call on the Government to name the date for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. The march begins at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
On the same day, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition is delivering a keynote address on the impacts of the Eighth Amendment to the 7thWorld Congress on Women’s Mental Health, being hosted this year in Dublin by the National Women’s Council of Ireland in partnership with Trinity College Dublin.