Marcella says abortion referendum result is 'defining moment' for Irish women
Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has said that the result of the referendum to repeal the Eighth amendment marks a defining moment for women’s rights in Ireland. Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Eighth Amendment on Friday last, May 25.
“I very much welcome the decisiveness of the people’s decision to change our Constitution and allow Irish women to be respected and trusted with their decisions. I have campaigned on this referendum to try and create a more compassionate and tolerant place for women who find themselves in crisis," Marcella remarked to the Offaly Express.
“I wish to pay tribute to the bravery of all the women and couples who came forward to speak about their personal experiences, particularly the members of the Terminations for Medical Reasons (TMFR) group who spoke so powerfully about the need for change in Ireland’s laws. This was a very difficult step for these people to take and I believe they deserve great credit for sharing their tragic stories with the public," she continued.
“I also want to thank all those involved in the Offaly Together for Yes campaign group who traversed the county in a very dignified and mannerly way explaining the situation and talking with people with all viewpoints. It was a pleasure and privilege for me to work with them on this campaign."
Marcella believes this issue comes down to maternal care and, says that, "as a society in 2018, we must be able to deliver maternal care to Irish women at home, when they need it."
"My position has always been that we cannot continue to export this healthcare service to the UK and other European countries. It is my belief that over time, abortion in rates in Ireland will go down because the legislation will provide for funding for greater access to contraception and a much improved sexual education programme for our young people."
“I look forward to the Government moving swiftly to enact the legislation required to give effect to the huge mandate received from the people last Friday. I very much welcome assurances by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD that the Government will prioritise the drafting of the legislation in the coming weeks with a view to having the law enacted in the Autumn," Marcella concluded.
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