Speaking following the publication of the HIQA Report investigating the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012, Choice Ireland called for the implementation of the recommendations contained it as well as an overhaul of how the state viewed pregnant women and their healthcare.
Choice Ireland has expressed its disappointment at the High Court’s decision in Aja Teehan v HSE. The High Court refused Ms Teehan’s challenge to a policy that denies women the right to an assisted home birth if they have had a previous caesarean section.
Choice Ireland offer support to couple seeking right to home birth
Speaking following the publication of leaked excerpts of the draft HSE report in to the death of Savita Halappanavar, Choice Ireland called on the Minister for Health James Reilly to bring forward the publication of the report and said that a copy of the report must be given to Ms. Halappanavar’s family immediately.
Choice Ireland have today welcomed polling carried out by IPSOS/MRBI and published in the Irish Times indicating widespread support for abortion legislation. The poll found that 70% of people supported legislation for the X case and 79% supported legislation to allow women to terminate pregnancies with a fatal foetal abnormality.
In particular we welcome the finding that 60% of respondents endorsed the view that abortion should be a woman's choice.
Choice Ireland would first of all like to thank the committee for the opportunity to put forward the voices of the young women of Ireland who are at reproductive age and who will be most affected by this legislation. We would like to congratulate the government on finally commissioning a report on this, and assuring the Irish public that this will be dealt with in a timely manner.
Commenting spokesperson Sinead Ahern said “We welcome this announcement today and the fact that the government have now made a clear commitment to action on this issue. It is vital however that following this announcement, implementation of legislation is not further delayed. We are calling on the government to commit to a timescale to draft and implement legislation’.