Thursday 20 June 2019

Pro-choice group risking jail with 'abortion pill bus'

Ruth Coppinger
Ruth Coppinger

Mark O'Regan

Pro-choice activists who are defying the law by driving a bus across Ireland today to offer abortion pills to women risk a 14-year prison sentence.

The so-called 'abortion pill bus' will give information to women about how to procure the pills, which are currently illegal in Ireland.

It will leave Dublin today and travel to Galway, Limerick and Cork.

It will provide women with a private consultation room to speak with a WomenOnWeb doctor.

WomenOnWeb is a Dutch non-profit organisation that distributes pills in countries where abortion is illegal.

Organisers say women who need access to the pills will be accommodated after undergoing an online consultation.

The nationwide pro-choice campaign is being organised by Rosa, a reproductive rights group, and Socialist party TD Ruth Coppinger, among others.

The bus will give information to women about how to procure abortion pills should they need them.

Pro-choice activist and one of the organisers of the Limerick rally, Aprille Scully, said the event was organised "to highlight the need for a repeal of the 8th Amendment and to publicise the pills as a safe, cheap and non-surgical abortion being denied to women".

However Dr Ruth Cullen, of the pro-life campaign, called the event "the latest publicity stunt" from Deputy Coppinger.

"It is an incredibly dangerous and irresponsible one that puts the lives of women at serious risk. Those lending their support to the abortion pill bus have no credibility talking about women's health," she said.

Irish Independent

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