Thursday 15 November 2018

Pro-choice group signs up to political watchdog

Mr Connolly said that the Eighth Amendment imposes a restriction on bodily autonomy. Stock photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Mr Connolly said that the Eighth Amendment imposes a restriction on bodily autonomy. Stock photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
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The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment has registered with political watchdog the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) ahead of next year's abortion referendum.

An umbrella organisation for the pro-choice movement, it counts more than 100 groups among its members and supporters.

This includes Amnesty International, which is in dispute with Sipo over a €137,000 donation it got from the US-based Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The coalition registered with Sipo this month and joins other so-called 'third parties', including some on the opposing side of the abortion debate like the Pro-Life Campaign. Third parties are organisations other than political parties who accept donations exceeding €100 for political purposes.

The coalition's convenor, Ailbhe Smyth, said it registered with Sipo after receiving such a donation but didn't respond when asked who the donor was or what sum was involved.

Irish Independent

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