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Vote yes to support women facing fatal foetal abnormalities - Mary Lou McDonald TD

17 May, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the status quo is no longer tenable when it comes to women and families being forced to travel for care in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Speaking this morning at Together For Yes event in supporting families bereaved by fatal foetal abnormalities, Teachta McDonald said:

“Over the next week people will be considering their approach to the coming referendum. We need an informed and respectful debate.

“This is about people, this is about families, and this is about our law and our constitutional provision which criminalises tragedy.

“The testimony of families today rises above the din in this debate. The integrity, honesty and pain of their testimonies are beyond question. Their motive is only to do good and to make sense of their deep personal pain.

“These women and families want their voices to be heard to address a deeply wounding wrong visited on them by this state – a wrong that is rooted in the 8th Amendment.

“This constitutional provision outlawed the very medical care and intervention that these women and their families needed.

“I think that most people know that change must come, and the families bereaved by fatal foetal abnormalities need to be listened to and need to be supported. That is why the Eighth Amendment must go.”

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