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TFMR Ireland calls for honest debate around Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and impact of 8th on affected families.
“Not having a position is effectively opposing change” say campaigners.
TFMR Ireland Press release, 04 July 2015
TFMR Ireland today (Tuesday 09th June 2015) call upon all groups and political parties interested in either repealing or retaining the 8th amendment to the Constitution to engage in honest and open debate about Fatal Foetal Abnormalities, and the impact that these conditions and the lack of a full range of medical options have on mothers and fathers.
“We fully understand that some parents when given the news that their much wanted baby will not be capable of surviving outside the womb will choose to continue with their pregnancy, and as parents who have been in this position we fully respect that choice and we fully sympathise with these families and their losses” says Gerry Edwards, a spokesperson for TFMR Ireland.
The Coroners Bill 2015 will provide for automatic inquest into every maternal death in the state.
Currently in the Republic of Ireland, minister Frances Fitzgerald is trying to introduce the so-called ‘Swedish Model’ for sex work. This model involves the criminalisation of the ‘purchase of sexual services’ or in other words the criminalisation of the clients of sex workers. But not all is black and white. While the governement claims to be protecting women it has presided over severe cuts to the lone parent allowance and in the last week cuts to the core funding of the Rape Crisis Centre. At a time when crisis calls have increased by 30% these cuts have now forced the closure of the Rape Crisis Centre in Galway. Ireland has laws against human trafficing and agaisnt violence and these laws should be enforced to protect all women and men regardless of the law on the purchase of sex. Adopting the ‘Swedish Model’ in a country with declining social services and none of the exit supports that are available in Sweden is considered inappropriate by many sex workers. But unfortunatley the voice of these workers has too often been left out of the debate. Below is an opinion piece by one such worker: