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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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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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