“Rise and Repeal” a call for action, not words - O'Reilly
Speaking as Sinn Féin take to the streets in support of the “Rise and Repeal” Rally in Dublin, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly.
Deputy O'Reilly said:
“Tens of thousands of people have flooded Dublin in support of the Rise and Repeal campaign; a campaign of various parties, groups and organisations, including Sinn Féin, united in their call for the repeal of the 8th amendment. What is striking is that women and men of all ages have turned out- from those who have been marching since the early 80's t those who have never had their chance to have a say on this important issue.
“There is no doubt that the 8th amendment was not fit for purpose when it was inserted into the constitution, and it i long past it sell by date today.
"It is unacceptable that despite instances of grave, deep personal suffering, tragedy and even fatality, that this flawed amendment remains.
"Even more saddening is the reluctance by the Government to take decisive steps to give the people of this State a say on its future.
“At least 1 million people of voting age now, have never had the chance to take a decision on the inclusion and retention of the 8th Amendment in the Constitution - that is one quarter of the State's population, many of whom will be directly or indirectly effected by it, without a voice on this.
“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed in order to protect women and to allow for terminations in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.
"From there, it is the responsibility of us, as legislators, to work with stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health, a woman’s wellbeing.
"Failure to give people a say on the 8th amendment and to leave it there indefinitely is an abdiacation of responsibility for womens' health and blatant disregard for their welfare.
“It is very clear that action on the eighth amendment cannot wait any longer. There is a groundswell of support for its repeal and the actions of the public- from public murals, clothing lines and today's march- indicate that they want a say on this issue.
"The Government cannot ignore this any longer; they cannot put their heads in the sand; they cannot ignore the will of the people. The people on the streets of Dublin have risen once more and the message is clear - Repeal the 8th Amendment.”