Choice Ireland have today offered their support for the March for Choice which is due to take place in Dublin’s city center at 2pm on Saturday, September 29th.
Speaking after the Dáil passed a motion to establish the Constitutional Convention this week, Choice Ireland Spokesperson Stephanie Lord, called on the Convention to examine the issue of Article 40.3.3° of the Constitution which legally prohibits abortion in Ireland, subject to the terms of the X Case.
Commenting on anti-abortion billboards which have appeared around Dublin recently, Choice Ireland spokesperson Stephanie Lord said:
"Choice Ireland have received a number of angry and offended emails about these billboards, which proclaim that abortion tears a woman's life apart. Some of the emails are from women who have had abortions themselves and who object to the message the billboards convey. These billboards do not speak for them.
Speaking in advance of this week’s Dáil debate on legislation for the X Case, Choice Ireland Spokespersons called on all political parties to support the legislation to give effect to the judgment of the X Case handed down in 1992 in order to allow women to avail of abortion services in Ireland where there is a real and substantial risk to their lives.
Choice Ireland Spokesperson Sinead Ahern said:
Almost 20 years after the Supreme Court directed the government to legislate for abortion where a woman’s life is in jeopardy no government has brought forward legislation. Today Socialist Party TD Clare Daly, ULA TD Joan Collins and Independent TD Mick Wallace moved the Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012.
Listen to Choice Ireland's Stephanie Lord on NearFM discussing the government's response to the ABC case and the need for abortion legislation in Ireland.
Choice Ireland has described as “deeply disappointing” the Irish government’s response to UN recommendations on reproductive rights, published today in the Outcome Report on Ireland's Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
While the government accepted the recommendation to improve access and education relating to contraception, it rejected all recommendations on the subject of abortion.
Spokesperson Sinéad Ahern said: