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Irish Citizens Assembly votes for constitutional change to abortion law

The Citizens Assembly in Ireland has voted by 64% to back the legalisation of abortion in Ireland, regardless of a woman’s reason for wanting one.

Katherine O'Brien, Head of Media and Policy Research at bpas, commented, 

“This is a hugely significant vote which calls for Ireland’s abortion law to be not just reformed but revolutionised. The restrictive framework around abortion has long lagged behind the views of the general public, as the Citizens’ Assembly has now made abundantly clear.

“Politicians have for too long ignored the desperate need for abortion reform. Due to their shameful inaction, thousands of women from Ireland are forced travel to England for abortion care every year at a huge personal and financial cost. We urge politicians to act on the reports recommendations as a matter of urgency and work to bring Ireland’s abortion law in to the twenty-first century.”

 

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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org