Archive for the ‘Women’s Rights’ Category
Legislate for X
Repeal 1861 Act now
Repeal 8th Amendment to Constitution
The ULA welcomes the government’s declaration that legislation for the X Case ruling of the Supreme Court in 1992, despite a delay of twenty years, will finally be brought in next year. There is no need to delay however, in the repeal of Sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. This piece of repressive law, retained from the time of British rule, makes abortion a criminal act with severe penalties for women and doctors. We call for the immediate repeal of this legislation.
(after Peter Reading)
A great and sure remedy
for unmarried ladies. A boat
somewhere so she can sort this out
and then get back to her life.
A Ryanair flight to Leeds-Bradford.
A pill the modern woman
can take with her coffee.
An ex-nurse above a fish and chip shop
who helps girls in trouble.
A day trip to a clinic
near Liverpool. Flushing it
down the lavatory. Something
the Irish government is in no rush
to legislate for. What the Bishop of Kerry
is definitely against.
Something no one wants.
The world’s second oldest profession.
A number in England her doctor
suggests she phone.
Something the Irish government
will deal with in a prompt
and appropriate manner.
The constitutional amendment of 1983.
The letters A, B, C. The letter X.
If we leave it long enough
all the letters in between.
Something you can’t have women
walking in off the street
The Expert Group Report on abortion, like the three previous reports on abortion in Ireland, has recommended legislation as the only robust way to implement the 1992 Ruling of the Supreme Court and the requirements of the European Court of Human Rights. Yet the government continues to prevaricate over introducing the necessary legislation.
The legislative process needs to start now. That can be done by supporting the Daly Bill on Wednesday. This would deal with the concerns expressed in the Report that legislation would take a long time to put through.
The government, and Labour in particular, have no excuse for not supporting this Bill. It deals with all of the issues raised in the Expert Group Report, including provision for enhancement by Regulation or Statutory Instrument. If there are any shortcomings, they can be dealt with at Committee Stage.
Legislation for X is a first step to providing legal abortion in Ireland. Minister Shatter however, has opened the debate on the need to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. He stated in the Dáil that Art. 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution means that the right to health of a woman is a qualified right. As Minister with responsibility for equality, he pointed out that no such qualification applies to men.
The United Left Alliance believes that the distinction between the life and health of a woman as grounds for abortion must end; and that the choices a woman wishes to make about her fertility must be hers alone. To that end, the United Left Alliance will campaign for the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and legislation for free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland.