Thursday 8 December 2016

No Irish woman of child-bearing age has had a say on abortion - that must change

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

'Women are tired waiting. Women deserve better than this. We are not criminals'
'Women are tired waiting. Women deserve better than this. We are not criminals'

Yesterday, a United Nations committee said it was concerned at Ireland's "highly restrictive legislation" on abortion and how it is strictly enforced.

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After two days of hearings earlier this month in Geneva, including representations from parents who had to leave this jurisdiction because of Fatal Foetal Abnormality, the committee called on Ireland to take "all necessary steps" - including a referendum - to allow wider access to terminations in line with international standards on human rights.

If this announcement merely incites condemnation and declarations of interference in our legislation, it is worth remembering that it is your daughter, sister, mother who will suffer.

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