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.
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.
Choice Ireland's thoughts are with the family and friends of Savita Halappanavar. Today we offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.
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 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:
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.
Speaking in advance of today’s demonstration at noon at Leinster House, Choice Ireland spokesperson Stephanie Lord condemned the Government’s delay in establishing the Expert Group on Abortion and said it must introduce legislation to comply with the judgment handed down by the European Court of Human Rights in the ABC Case.
Stephanie Lord said: