From left: Chairperson of Labour Women Sinead Ahern, Dr Peter Boylan, Dr Mary Henry, chairperson of the Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment, Judge Catherine McGuinness, Chairperson of Labour Women and Senator Ivana Bacik in Buswells in Dublin.
The framework legislation we have prepared…will allow abortion on four medically certified grounds: risk to life; risk to health; rape; and fatal foetal abnormality. The test for assessing risk to health will be that of “real and substantial risk”, a test with which doctors are familiar from existing law. A stricter test will apply for risk to health where abortion is sought beyond the first trimester.
Senator Ivana Bacik, launching Labour’s ‘Repeal the 8th Amendment’ Bill’ this morning
These predictably lame and overly cautious proposals from Labour do at least include fatal foetal abnormality. Now can someone explain why they voted against Clare Daly’s bill earlier this year and will they reveal the advice the AG gave that the bill was unconstitutional?
Clare Daly TD at a ProChoice protest in 2013
In advance of today’s Dáil vote on Clare Daly’s bill to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities….
That’s why, if I were a member of the Dáil, and irrespective of what a party whip might say, I’d vote for Clare Daly’s bill to allow a mother to choose a termination in the case of a fatal-foetal abnormality. I don’t buy the argument that it’s necessarily unconstitutional — any reading of the amendment itself, not to mention judgements such as the X case, show that to be highly questionable.
But we’re a humane people, when all is said and done. Humane people don’t turn a blind eye to human tragedy.
It has placed generations of women in jeopardy. And it hasn’t addressed the issue of abortion
Two disastrous policy decisions, both of them born of ignorance (Fergus Finlay, IrishExaminer.ie)
There will never be a good time to address Ireland’s abortion quagmire, but Labour TDs have the opportunity today to support legislation that could at least ameliorate some of the trauma faced by women and their families when they are told their unborn children are incompatible with life.
The Labour Party has in the past been an important voice when it comes to supporting women and their right to access abortion services. It will be a sad day if it decides to prioritise petty political concerns over this proud history.
Labour TDs need to vote with their conscience on Daly’s abortion bill (Collette Browne, Independent.ie)
(Laura Hutton/Photocall ireland)
Two unidentified members of from Speaking Of Imelda [a London-based direct-action feminist performance group ‘that seeks to challenge the ongoing problem of Ireland making England the legal destination for abortion’] fixed a giant pair of Underpants to the railings of Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin calling for an “appeal to the Eigth Amendment and reproductive justice for Ireland”.
Speaking Of Imelda
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)