This press statement was issued on December 6th 2018
Kerry for Choice welcomes the passage of the passage of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill in the Dáil. While we remain troubled at numerous provisions contained in the Bill, this is a momentous step towards achieving abortion rights in Ireland.
Paula Dennan, spokesperson for Kerry for Choice said; “The people of Kerry voted for timely and local access to abortion for pregnant people here at home. Since the decisive Yes vote on May 25th, more than 1,650 people have travelled abroad for an abortion and over 550 have imported safe, but illegal, abortion pills. We know that at least one woman every week leaves Kerry to access the abortion care they need.”
Ms Dennan continued; “The Government has a duty to ensure that come January we do not find ourselves in a situation where women in rural Ireland are simply swapping planes and boats for buses and trains. Abortion care must be provided locally if it is to be truly accessible to everyone who needs it.”