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Women's health and welfare needs to be prioritised - Ruane

26 September, 2016 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said alternative legislation that prioritises women’s welfare, health and wellbeing is needed across the island.

Speaking after attending the 'Rise and Repeal' Rally on Saturday Ms Ruane said:

“Tens of thousands of men and women from all over Ireland attended the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally in Dublin yesterday.

“It is clear that the Irish Government cannot ignore this issue any longer, the groundswell of support for the repeal of the 8th amendment and the actions of the public indicate that they want a say on this issue. 

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed in order to protect women and to allow for terminations in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities.

“Sinn Féin remains opposed to the extension of the 1967 Act to the North.

“Sinn Féin would support legislation which would make provision for abortion services in instances of pregnancies arising from sexual crime along with situations in which a pregnancy has been determined to have a fatal foetal abnormality. 

“We have been resolute in our support for women’s rights and will continue to work as stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health and a woman’s wellbeing across the island.”

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