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Taking conversations on the Eighth Amendment to the streets of Cork

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) will today hold an information stand on Patrick Street, Cork, alongside Rebels for Choice and the Cork Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. We want to talk to as many people as possible about why we need to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, and the need to recognise abortion care in Ireland.

Orla O’Connor, NWCI Director said,

“To date, so much of this debate has focussed on the political, technical and legal debate. We need to take these conversations to the streets. In the past few weeks, the support from NWCI members and supporters from Cork and surrounding areas has been really strong. It is so clear that people are looking to join this conversation for change. People want to end a situation where women need to opt for unsafe or unregulated forms of abortion, either because they have to travel outside of Ireland without the necessary medical follow up or because they order abortion pills online. People want to see abortion treated as a healthcare issue.”

Orla O’Connor said,

“We need a healthcare system that prioritises women’s and girls’ health and well-being, and where we support those who provide care for women and girls. We must aim to design reproductive healthcare services around the real lives and experiences of women and girls. This means recognising that every pregnancy is difference, and every decision is personal. It means understanding that no woman makes pregnancy decisions lightly. There will be no change unless we remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution; this has to be the first step.”

NWCI has developed the Every Woman Healthcare Model – Accessible, affordable healthcare options for all women and girls. More information is available on www.everywoman.nwci.ie




For more information, please contact Sarah Clarkin, Communications and Social Media Officer, National Women’s Council of Ireland, 085 86 19 087