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Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel and inhuman

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 30th August 2017 Since its insertion into the Constitution in 1983 the Eighth Amendment has forced over 170,000 women to travel to the UK to access the abortions they need. One woman every week makes that journey from Kerry. The Eighth Amendment is failing women and girls. Miss X. Savita Halappanavar.…

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Time to remove flawed constitutional ban on abortion

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 5th July 2017 Kerry for Choice cautiously welcomes the Citizens’ Assembly report on the Eighth Amendment and calls on the Joint Oireachtas Committee to respect the Assembly’s recommendations. We are pleased with the Assembly’s recommendation that the termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful. We also welcome, with caveats, that the…

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Media must not allow opinion masquerade as fact in abortion debate

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 3rd May 2017 Having heard from representatives on both sides of the abortion issue, 87 per cent of the Citizens’ Assembly concluded that the Eighth Amendment cannot remain in its current form. This emphasises the continuing need for honest and nuanced discussion surrounding Ireland’s abortion laws and how they should be…

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Why we are pro-choice and not pro-abortion

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Saorlait Moore-Foley, first appeared in The Kerryman on 15th March 2017 The Eighth Amendment demands all pregnancies go to term, no matter how dire the situation is for a woman. As an afterthought, in 2013, the State added that perhaps it is okay if a pregnancy is prematurely terminated if a woman is…

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I don’t want to hear men’s views on abortion

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Fionnuala Sarsfield, first appeared in The Kerryman on the 11th January 2017 With reference to last week’s two letters to the Editor by two elderly Councillors on the subject of abortion, is it necessary to point out that these gentlemen will never be faced with this problem. Unless you have a woman’s body,…

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If men could have abortions, they would be available at ATMs

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Dr. Maeve Mahon-Ferriter, first appeared in The Kerryman on 21st December 2016 Abortion is a basic health care need and a medical issue for woman and their doctors. I applaud Cllr. Michael Gleeson and other anti-choice men who write to the Kerryman sharing their opinions on this most personal and often difficult woman’s reproductive issue.…

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Women Must be Able to Access Abortion Services in Ireland

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 11th January 2017 While there is much to say about Councillor Culloty’s recent letter (The Kerryman, January 4) we would like to respond to his assumption in the final paragraph that describing anti-choice views as misogynistic and judgemental is an attempt to silence people who wish the Eighth Amendment to remain…

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Funding Given to Kerry for Choice is all on the Record

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 23rd November 2016 Mary Fitzgibbon (Kerryman letters, November 16) wrote about attending a public information evening on why the Eighth Amendment must be repealed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Fitzgibbon for coming and participating in this event. Not a single public representative saw fit to attend,…

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Overwhelming Support for Reform of Abortion Laws

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 3rd August 2016 While there’s much to criticise in Henry Gaynor’s most recent letter (The Kerryman, July 27) we would like to answer the charge contained in the final paragraphs. In these he accuses pro-choice campaigners of having ‘hijacked’ the tragedy of Fatal Foetal Abnormality. It’s the type of cynical charge…

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