Speaking after the committee votes Abigail Rooney and Katie Hennessey of Wicklow For Choice said. “The committee decisions to recommend: a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the constitution; decriminalisation of women who have abortions and to allow access to abortion without restriction as to reasons up to 12 weeks in pregnancy are welcome.
The committee has listened carefully to many medical experts, who said that the Eighth Amendment impacts on their ability to care for pregnant women, and that the constitution is no place to regulate healthcare.
The strong votes for decriminalisation from the committee, shows their realisation and acknowledgement of the ‘chill factor’ experienced by medical professionals when attempting to provide care to pregnant women.
The accusations of committee bias are untrue given some of the committee changed their minds during committee hearings. At the same time we do acknowledge the committee votes on severe foetal abnormalities were disappointing.
Wicklow For Choice supports free, safe and legal abortion and we strongly urge our local TD the Minister for Health Simon Harris to follow the recommendations of the committee and to urgently set a date for a referendum in early 2018, simply asking the electorate if they wish to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the constitution.
The Eighth Amendment is a barrier to good healthcare for women, and it is time the State cared for the thousands of women who travel to access healthcare needs abroad every year” concluded Rooney and Hennessy.