An Inconvenient Ruth


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Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger raised the issue of repealing the Eighth Amendment in the Dáil yesterday.

Not to worry.

There’s a report pending.


This afternoon Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Ruth Coppinger challenged the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on the Eighth Amendment.

Clare Daly told the Minister to:

“Wise up. You’re a young man. Ireland’s abortion reality and rates are pretty much the same as they are in every other country.”

Mick Wallace asked the Minister,

“Is the Government more focused on the next election than on the suffering caused by the denial of services to women seeking abortions due to rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality or serious risk to health?”

Ruth Coppinger suggested the referendum on marriage equality and repeal of the Eighth Amendment be held on the same day and said:

“It would be a double endorsement of progress in this country. It would be a signal to the rest of the world that the Catholic Church’s writ doesn’t run despite the wishes of the majority in society and it would be a hammer blow to the Catholic Church’s domination of many areas of life in this country.”

Minister Varadkar replied:

“I think it would be a really bad idea in 2015 if in the run-in to a general election for us to have that kind of debate happening in that millieu because we’ve been there before. That’s exactly what happened in 1983. In the run-up to a general election people were put in a position where they made commitments in the run-in to a general election where maybe they shouldn’t have. So let’s not repeat the mistake of 1983 and have all that again in 2015.
…It shouldn’t be done on foot of a tragedy or a very hard case and it shouldn’t be done on the run-in to a general election.”

Earlier: What Do We Want 

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14 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Ruth

    1. Jay

      Are you just listing things that will never happen?

      By virtue of the 8th amendment there are no term limits but restrictions on abortion. If it was repealed without any additional legislation it would technically be even more restrictive due to no provisions for the life of the mother. To make abortion more freely available would require both repeal and new legislation I think.

  1. gerry

    He was asked about the 8th Amendment and answered about something else. At least he didn’t disparage the person asking the question before failing to answer it which is progress I suppose.

  2. Lorcan Nagle

    Ruth gave a fantastic speech at the march a couple of weeks ago. It’s great to see more and more TDs speaking out on the subject.

    1. Medium Sized C

      Ruth Coppinger speaking out on this isn’t “more and more” TD’s.
      Its the same handful of TD’s.

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