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.
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’.
Following the publication of the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A,B and C v Ireland, Choice Ireland has called on the Government to act immediately on the options set out in the report.
Spokesperson Stephanie Lord said:
“It is obvious from the options set out in the Report that the Government are left with no option now but to legislate to provide lawful abortions for women where they have life threatening conditions. The Government did not need an Expert Group to tell them this but now that they have, it should be acted on immediately.