Thursday 17 August 2017

Citizens' Assembly sends back a clear message to the Dáil

Chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy speaks at the Citizens’ Assembly
Chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy speaks at the Citizens’ Assembly
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The Citizens' Assembly votes are an unequivocal message to the Dáil that abortion must be legislated for on a very wide range of grounds. The Assembly reflects the massive change in attitudes on abortion in recent years - evident to anyone campaigning on the issue, but not to the establishment parties who have voted down minimal change numerous times.

These recommendations can't be ignored by the Dáil, which established the Assembly as its favoured process.

It is very welcome the Assembly supported abortion access without any reason up to 12 weeks; for a risk to health or on socio-economic grounds up to 22 weeks; and at any stage of pregnancy for a serious risk to health, life or where the foetus is not viable.

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