Historic day as Ireland emphatically votes to remove the 8th amendment, says Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC)
“We’re overjoyed with the result, and so proud to have been one of the three core organisations in Together for Yes” said ARC spokesperson Linda Kavanagh in Dublin this afternoon.
“There were more votes counted today to remove the Eighth Amendment than there were to insert it in 1983. We couldn’t have asked for a more definitive mandate for access to abortion care at home in Ireland”
“Today’s results show what we in ARC have seen around the country for the last 6 years – that the people of Ireland were hungry for change. The grassroots community-led organising at the heart of ARC has been a huge part of the campaign’s appeal across all groups and communities. We especially acknowledge the work of migrants who did not have a vote and who were disproportionately affected by the Eighth, as well as the many trans and non-binary people affected”
“This result is bigger than Ireland: we know the world watches us as abortion access is being eroded in other places. Ireland now has the opportunity to be a beacon to the world in terms of respect for people who can get pregnant.”
“The people of Ireland voted, knowing what the legislation entailed. We must fight to ensure there is no roll-back of what was promised in the heads of bill. We will continue to campaign for real and realistic access to abortion.”
“We also acknowledge our comrades in Northern Ireland who have supported us unwaveringly, and we support them too in their separate but similar fight to gain abortion access.”
“Our slogan has always been Free, Safe and Legal and we will continue to work to ensure that for everyone in Ireland who needs abortion care.”
DEEP CONCERN OVER LIVERPOOL CLINIC DECISION TO SCALE BACK FFA SERVICES – TOGETHER FOR YES
National people’s campaign launching later this week says reports are distressing
Together for Yes, the national people’s campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment, has highlighted its deep concern at reports that a UK hospital has scaled back services to Irish women in cases of fatal foetal anomaly.
It is reported today that the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, one of the main hospitals in the UK offering abortion services to women from Ireland with a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, has restricted access for terminations to women between 16 and 20 weeks, due to staffing issues.
Sarah Monaghan, spokesperson for Together for Yes said: “This situation is extremely concerning. It is further evidence that we in Ireland are overly-dependant on the UK to solve our abortion issues. We need to be realistic – relying on other jurisdictions which have their own service delivery issues and their own pressures isn’t sustainable. This is now impacting in a very palpable way on women trying to cope with devastating news about their pregnancy.
“We can’t have a situation whereby women dealing with a fatal foetal anomaly are being turned away by a clinic, and their midwives are ringing around clinics to see where they can be helped. This isn’t how we should be treating women in Ireland.
“Put simply, we shouldn’t be in this situation – we should be providing this care in Ireland for women in Ireland. Women seeking abortion services need support from their doctors and families, but instead the Eighth Amendment is forcing them into distressing situations which are compounding already difficult experiences. The Eighth Amendment is causing harm to our women and it needs to go.”
The Together for Yes campaign will officially launch in the Rotunda at 10.30am on Thursday March 22nd.
For more information please contact Amy Rose Harte, Campaign Communications Manager, on [email protected] or 086 3719607