It has been 100 days since the people voted Yes by an overwhelming majority to repeal the 8th Amendment.
But the Abortion Rights Campaign says that sadly, nothing has changed since then.
A spokesperson said: “We’ve seen the publication of draft legislation and legal challenges to the 66.4% Yes vote. And in that time, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people have travelled to obtain the healthcare that they should have been receiving at home. More still have imported pills, which are safe but still illegal, risking prosecution.”
“The Abortion Rights Campaign calls for immediate action to ease the burden on pregnant people who need abortion care and to prepare for the introduction of quality, accessible abortion services at home. The Regulation of Information Act should be immediately repealed, along with the provision of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act which imposes a 14-year sentence on a person who induces an abortion or assists someone in doing so. Training of medical professionals to provide abortion care and licensing of medications required should commence immediately.
“Abortion is a time-sensitive procedure and every delay means more people having to travel abroad or seek safe but illegal abortion pills at home. Ireland has been waiting 35 years for change and we can wait no longer.”
On September 29, the Abortion Rights Campaign is organising the 7th Annual March for Choice. The aim is to compel the Irish government to implement real change, to call for decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, and to call for free, safe and legal abortion access for everyone who wants or needs it.
“We are currently running a crowdfund fundraising campaign until the end of Monday to help with the cost of an accessible stage, essential logistics and advertising,” said the spokespserson. “You can donate here http://crowdfund.abortionrights.ie.”
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