This statement was issued on 28th January 2018
Kerry for Choice welcomes the Taoiseach’s announcement that he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.
Paula Dennan, Convener of Kerry for Choice said: “We commend the Taoiseach for the journey he has taken in the past few years and 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 JOC recommendations. Many TDs, including Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin, have educated themselves on this topic and are finely in line with the majority of the Irish people. We want to acknowledge how they bravely faced up to conversation and debate that successive governments have avoided for decades.”
Ms Dennan, concluded: “As we have seen throughout the Citizens’ Assembly and Joint Oireachtas Committee, when people are presented with the evidence they come to a more compassionate pro-choice position. Repealing the Eighth Amendment is the first step in ensuring pregnant women have access to full reproductive healthcare in Ireland.”