Only a YES vote can help women in tragic circumstances - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has been canvassing in Dublin City Centre today ahead of next week's referendum on the eighth amendment.
Speaking from Moore Street, Teachta McDonald said:
"We are now in the final week of campaigning in the referendum to remove the eighth amendment. The eighth has caused and continues to cause untold suffering to women. Next Friday is an opportunity to right this wrong.
"At all times in this campaign we must ground ourselves in respect and fact and recognise that every day women in this country are suffering under the eighth amendment.
"The fact is that the eighth amendment causes further trauma to victims of rape.
"The fact that the eighth amendment forces young girls to import abortion pills illegally at great danger to themselves.
"The fact is that women are suffering and will continue to suffer under the eighth amendment.
"The crucial fact is that removing the eighth amendment is the only way to help women who are seeking a termination because they are pregnant as a result of rape or who are dealing with the devastating diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality.
"Over the course of this campaign we have heard harrowing stories from real women and their families who have been hurt by the eighth amendment. These are not hard cases. These are happening everyday in every county.
"It's time to show compassion for these women and their families.
"It's time to do the right thing, vote YES and remove the eighth amendment from our constitution."