Date for abortion referendum must be set

Article in The Times Ireland today is yet another indictment of Ireland’s failure to respect women’s rights and to ensure their safety

The disturbing case of two women who had attempted suicide and were turned down abortions in Ireland is yet another example of why a referendum on abortion in Ireland is urgently required. That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, responding to an article in The Times Ireland today (20.06.2017).

Commenting today, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, said: “It is extremely disturbing to hear of the cases of two women who had attempted suicide and were refused access to abortions. This is yet another indictment of Ireland’s failure to provide basic and crucial healthcare to women and girls, and is a flagrant violation of their rights.

“The fact that the two women were immigrants further highlights that the Eighth Amendment hurts the most vulnerable people in of our society. This disgraceful situation must end, and the Eighth Amendment should be removed from our Constitution immediately. It is encouraging to see Minister for Health, Simon Harris, confirming his commitment to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in 2018, but what we need now is a clear timeframe for this referendum. As we have seen last week and again today, the safety of women and girls is at risk. We urgently need a referendum.”