Saturday 21 October 2017

Global calls to change abortion law

Maureen Gombakomba, from Zimbabwe, and Olga Bezverkha, from Ukraine, lead the Amnesty International protest over our abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach yesterday
Maureen Gombakomba, from Zimbabwe, and Olga Bezverkha, from Ukraine, lead the Amnesty International protest over our abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach yesterday

Jane O'Faherty

Campaigners from all over the world have called on Ireland to repeal the abortion law claiming it is "a real blot" on the country's international reputation.

Members of Amnesty International protested outside the Department of the Taoiseach and urged all political parties to commit to a referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment before the General Election.

Amnesty believes that at least 177,000 women and girls have had to leave Ireland to seek an abortion since 1971. More than 400 of its delegates are in Dublin for the organisation's International Council Meeting in CityWest, Dublin, this weekend.

Rosslyn Noonan, chair of Amnesty in New Zealand, said the current law was "a real blot on Ireland's international reputation".

"We were full of admiration for Ireland's support of gay marriage and the fact that that was a community-voted decision, which was brilliant. But this is another area, and it is an area that arouses great emotions," she said.

Pro-life campaigners claim Amnesty has become a "lobby group" for abortion here.

Irish Independent

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