For Imediate Release
Abortion Rights Stands in soliarity with women in Ireland
The Abortion Rights stands in solidarity with our counterparts in the Republic of Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign, and their condemnation of the current Irish abortion law.
We support their demands for an immediate referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution following the reports of a suicidal rape victim being denied her legal right to an abortion by the Irish state under the current guidelines.
We also support an extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, where thousands of women every year buy illegal abortion pills online or make the costly trip to the UK to access a termination.
We note that the Irish Post reported that 12 women a day make the journey to England and Wales for terminations. Some 3,679 women travelled from the Irish Republic and 802 made the journey from the North of Ireland. And unofficial sources say that women also purchase unregulated abortion pills online.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) Chair, Nigel Rodley, last month said Irish abortion law treated women “as a vessel and nothing more”.
Abortion Rights spokesperson, Aisling Gallagher, said, “The details emerging from this case are that a vulnerable asylum seeker, pregnant as a result of rape, was forced to go through panels, interviews and consultations which prolonged the unwanted pregnancy and ultimately ended in a forced early cesarean delivery. This brings to light the very real and dangerous forewarned consequences of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We want to show our solidarity to women in Ireland who are calling for a referendum to appeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, and reaffirm our belief in the right of all women to have access to safe, legal abortion.”
Abortion Rights will hold a protest outside the Irish Embassy in London (17 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HR) on Wednesday 20th August at 6pm, with demonstrations taking place at a similar time in Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Derry, Limerick and Berlin.
Aisling Gallagher (Abortion Rights UK): 07858096808
Notes to editor:
1. Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign. We are campaigning to defend and extend women’s rights and access to safe, legal abortion. We oppose any attack on the 1967 Abortion Act including any attempt to lower the abortion time limit. 40 years after the introduction of safe, legal abortion in Britain women’s rights should be advanced not driven back. A consistent three quarters of people support a woman’s right to choose in Britain. We believe the law should be brought into line with public opinion – so that women can make their own reproductive decisions without the current unfair legal barriers, obstructions and delays.
2. The Abortion Rights Campaign is a movement for choice and change in Ireland. We aim to promote broad national support for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution by the Irish Parliament; to push for the introduction of extensive abortion legislation by the Northern Ireland Assembly; and to ensure the health and rights of women in pregnancy are protected in line with international human rights standards.
For information about the campaign in Ireland, contact Cathleen Doherty (Abortion Rights Campaign, ROI): 0873398233