[Action on X] Decriminalise Abortion Now

Press Statement

Action on X
 May 30th, 2012
 
Decriminalise Abortion Now
 
Outside Leinster House this morning at 10 (May 30th), Action on X called on the Irish Government to decriminalise abortion.  The 2011 statistics from the UK’s Department of Health, released yesterday, show that thousands of women in Ireland, some under the age of 16, continue to travel to the UK for abortions.
 
Alison Spillane, of Action on X and the Irish Feminist Network, said: “Criminalising abortion doesn’t work and these latest figures prove that. While we welcome the slight fall in the numbers of women going to England and Wales for terminations, the fact remains that over 4,000 women made that difficult journey last year. This is wrong. We call on the government to start the process of providing safe legal abortions for women in Ireland by taking the first step: implementing the 20-year-old Supreme Court ruling in the X Case.”
 
Therese Caherty, of Action on X and Feminist Open Forum, said: “The expert committee convened to advise the government on how to implement December 2010’s European Court of Human Rights ruling is due to report in July. This is the fourth such committee to deliberate on the X Case ruling and we call on them not to do what has been done before: fudge the issue. They must recommend that in situations where a pregnancy threatens a woman’s life, the law will permit them clearly and unambiguously to have an abortion in their own country.”
 
Press Inquiries
Alison Spillane: 085 7267350
Therese Caherty: 086 0704036
 
Notes to the editor:
The statistics from the UK Department of Health show that in 2011, a total of 4,149 women providing Irish addresses had terminations in England and Wales. This represents a drop of 253 from 2010 and the lowest figure since 1991.
 
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