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Sinn Féin welcomes outcome of Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth amendment

13 December, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD, Louise O'Reilly TD, Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth amendment represent “a massive step forward for the repeal of the Eighth amendment” and the finalising of the Committee’s work represents a “welcome day for the women of Ireland”.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Today is a welcome day for the women of Ireland, who have been let down by the political system for decades in providing for their medical needs.

“The recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth amendment represent a historic step forward in correcting that injustice and are a step forward for the campaign to repeal the Eighth amendment.

“The challenge now is to have that referendum as soon as possible and to win that referendum.

“Sinn Féin has been unambiguous and consistent in our opposition to the Eighth amendment.

“The Constitution is not the place to deal with any issues relating to women’s health and we are glad that there has been support for that proposition at today’s Committee deliberations.

 “We are satisfied that the Committee’s report reflects our party policy insofar as possible and for that reason we will be supporting the final report of the Committee.

“There are aspects with which we don’t agree. We have made that clear, but that is the nature of Committee reports, and we must look ahead to the next step in process in righting the historic wrong of denying women adequate healthcare.”

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