Friday 16 November 2018

Make a positive change to help the women of Ireland

It is time to stop stigmatising women in crisis pregnancies and to start treating them with compassion, says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

COMPASSION: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) with ministers and Fine Gael members canvassing commuters for support of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment last week Photo: PA
COMPASSION: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) with ministers and Fine Gael members canvassing commuters for support of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment last week Photo: PA

Leo Varadkar

It's difficult to truly put yourself in someone else's shoes. To imagine the distress they may be in, to envisage their internal turmoil, to fully appreciate the impact their circumstances may have on their life and that of their family.

Before you vote on Friday, I would urge you to put yourself in the shoes of a woman in crisis. That woman could be your daughter, your sister, your wife, or your best friend. Then ask yourself, how would you want her to be treated?

Irish people are compassionate and caring. We have shown ourselves to be open-minded and progressive, willing to confront some of the most difficult issues from our past. For too long, our society was characterised by judgment rather than understanding. Too many lives have suffered as a consequence; some women's lives have been lost. Friday's vote is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change that.

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