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Show compassion, trust women, allow doctors to act - vote Yes tomorrow – McDonald

24 May, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has this evening made a final appeal for a Yes vote in tomorrow's referendum on repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Speaking from Dublin, Ms McDonald said;

“The Eighth Amendment has caused so much suffering and pain for Irish women.

“Thousands of women who face a serious threat to their health in continuing with a pregnancy, women who become pregnant as a result of rape, women who receive a devastating diagnosis of a Fatal Foetal Anomaly are so cruelly failed by this state because of the Eighth Amendment.

“It is time to show real compassion for women. To help women in these crisis situations, to ensure that they can access the care they need in their own country, to allow doctors to do their jobs, we must vote yes.

“This referendum is not about opposing or approving abortion. Irish women in crisis already have abortions. They are simply exiled to Britain and to other places or they take abortion pills, often alone and afraid, without medical supervision.

“I believe that the Irish people have had their fill of all that.

“The Eighth Amendment is a relic of an Ireland past, an Ireland of thirty five years ago. It is the greatest barrier to good, modern, and safe public policy in this area.

“It is time to trust women. We are the people best placed to make decisions about our pregnancies. Women, not constitutional amendments, are the very best defenders of the rights of children.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to correct this wrong against women.

“To ensure that no other Irish woman has their tragic experience referred to by a letter of the alphabet, to ensure that there are no more Savitas, no more unnecessary suffering, to ensure a better future for our daughters, granddaughters, and all Irish women, please vote yes tomorrow.” 

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