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20th April 2018 | Press Releases, Reproductive Rights

Green Party call for Yes vote to repeal the 8th Amendment

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The Green Party today called for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum to repeal the 8th amendment, saying that Ireland must move towards a compassionate, caring approach, and that the 8th Amendment puts significant physical, emotional and financial burdens on vulnerable women.

Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “This referendum is about moving towards a compassionate, caring approach to difficult situations and decisions that occur every day in Ireland.

“9 women travel to the UK for terminations every day, for a range of different, complex reasons. Travelling abroad involves significant physical, emotional and financial burdens. Countless others risk prosecution and potentially put their health at risk by taking abortion pills obtained illegally online, without medical supervision.

“We have to work towards a safe, caring approach to ensure women can make the right decisions for themselves and their families in a caring environment, with proper medical oversight and support services. The only way we can do this is by repealing the 8th Amendment.”

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne said: “Green Party members and activists have been out canvassing across the country with Together4Yes. We’re strongly encouraging people to check the register, and make sure that their voices are heard in the upcoming referendum. By putting real, ordinary women front and centre of our poster campaign, we’re highlighting how the 8th Amendment negatively affects women, from all backgrounds, every day.”