26 May 2018
The Irish have voted overwhelmingly in favour of repealing the 8th amendemnt that made it illegal in almost all cases for a women to terminate a pregnancy.
This move to repeal the draconian abortion law will bring Ireland in line with the majority of European countries allowing for abortion on request up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
Commenting on the result, European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“The news that a majority of Irish people have voted to change the status quo on abortion will come as a huge relief to women across the world.
“This results shows that Ireland truly values the importance of sexual and reproductive health as an integral element towards building a more equal society.
“We congratulate the tremendous effort by the ‘Together for Yes’ campaign and the Irish Greens in informing the people of the necessity for change and helping deliver a result that is not pro or anti-abortion but pro-women and pro-choice.
“Thousands of women travel abroad every year for abortions or order pills online despite the near total ban in Ireland. We believe this decision shows Ireland is no longer in denial and will ultimately pave the way towards better sexual education and more access to contraception.
“We believe everyone in Europe should have the right to decide when, how, and if they want to start a family and hope other countries with prohibitive abortion laws will now follow Ireland’s example.”
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