Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Responds to Today’s Abortion Poll

– Coalition will address Citizens’ Assembly on Sunday –

 Today’s opinion poll shows a majority want a clear regulatory framework put in place to ensure women can access abortion services in Ireland.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Commenting on the poll, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “Irish people are no longer willing to see women’s lives placed at risk.

“The poll shows a strong majority favour a clear regulatory framework being developed to ensure women can access abortion through the public health system.

“Unfortunately, the poll results also reflect the public’s distrust of our elected representatives.  This chimes with what we are hearing at grassroots level: people very much want a calm and considered public conversation on abortion, and they want the issue addressed and regulated for once and for all.  But they want this to happen in a measured and trusted way.”

Citizens’ Assembly

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment will address the Citizens’ Assembly this Sunday, 5th March.

Ailbhe Smyth said: “We are pleased to have an opportunity to present to the Citizens’ Assembly and to represent the 85 diverse organisations that form our Coalition.  The issue that the Citizens’ Assemble has been asked to consider is much more than a constitutional issue; it is a medical, human rights, equality, social class, and feminist issue. Our presentation this Sunday will focus primarily on the impact of the Eighth Amendment on women’s equality.

“Ireland’s historical treatment of women is not something that most citizens are proud of, and Irish society has changed dramatically since the Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Constitution. It’s time for Ireland to free itself from the repressive legacy of mistreating women; however, this will never be achieved while the Eighth Amendment remains in the Constitution. We look forward to sharing our recommendations on why this should be achieved with the Citizens’ Assembly.”

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment is the largest ever civil society grouping in Ireland working to achieve constitutional change on this issue.  Its 85 members range from human rights, feminist and pro-choice organisations to trade unions, NGOs and community groups.  Combined, the members represent 1.5 million people nationwide, which is over one-third of the entire population of the State.  Further information is available at: www.repealeight.ie.