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We must have more compassion for human frailty

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Saorlait Moore-Foley, first appeared in The Kerryman on the 8th March 2018 IT seems to me that both sides of the abortion debate are motivated by fear. THE world in which we live can be frightening and unpredictable, and our lives can be messy and confusing. I think those who claim pro-life views…

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Abortion is a decision that is never taken lightly

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Fionnuala Sarsfield, first appeared in The Kerryman on the 28th February 2018 I read with interest Michael Gleeson’s letter re morality and the choices women make (The Kerryman, February 21). Elderly gentlemen seem to think that women who don’t do what they are told are immoral. Abortion is never a decision that is…

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Taoiseach’s journey

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 31st January 2018 Kerry for Choice commends the Taoiseach for the journey he has taken in the past few years and we welcome his commitment to changing our abortion laws. We’d also like to commend the TDs and Senators who spoke in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and adopting the…

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Amendment repeal an important step towards women’s access to full reproductive healthcare

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 20th December 2017   The decision of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to recommend Repeal Simpliciter is an important step towards ensuring pregnant women have access to full reproductive healthcare in Ireland. We have seen many politicians engage with the committee in good faith, ask questions and listen…

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Role of media in debate on Eighth is questionable

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Paul WS Bowler, first appeared in the Irish Examiner on the 2nd November 2017 and in The Irish TImes on the 3rd November 2017 The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment may have made the inevitable referendum official, but campaigners have already been in referendum mode for months. And we must examine the role of…

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Being denied a say about their bodies

This letter, by Kerry for Choice member Paul WS Bowler, first appeared in the Sunday Independent on the 8th October 2017 Last weekend, I travelled from Kerry to Dublin to join 40,000 other people for the Abortion Rights Campaign’s annual March for Choice. While it was a demonstration about a serious issue, it was conducted with amazing positivity. There was…

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Abortion legislation needs to catch up with reality

This letter first appeared in The Kerryman on the 27th September 2017 This Saturday, September 30th, will see people take to the streets in Dublin for the Abortion Rights Campaign’s 6th Annual March for Choice. Members Kerry for Choice will be amongst them. We will be marching in solidarity with the one woman every week who leaves Kerry to access…

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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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