Government must not be allowed to drag their feet on Abortion Legislation

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This weekend saw massive outpouring of anger at successive Irish Government’s refusal to deal with abortion legislation.  Thousands of people of all age groups marched through the streets on Saturday to demand that this Government face up to their responsibility to legislate for the X case.

The story of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar has made the headlines around the globe with Ireland’s archaic laws being scrutinised and criticised by many commentators.

The response of some Government ministers who are suggesting that we allow even more time to pass while investigation and reports are deliberated on is a cop out and completely out of touch with the way people feel about Savita’s death.

The Supreme Court ruling in the ‘X case’ permitted abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, yet successive governments have failed to legislate for this.  In the A, B and C v Ireland case, the European Court of Human Rights found that Ireland had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to provide access legal abortion under current Irish law.

This week Sinn Fein will put forward a private members motion calling on the government to legislate for the X case.  The outcome of this debate will be another indication of the serious lack of political will on the part of Fine Gael/ Labour to live up to their responsibility.  The pressure needs to be piled on now; the government needs to see that there will be no let-up in this campaign.  There will be a demonstration this Wednesday at the Dáil at 6 pm and Clare Daly’s Bill for legislation will be re-entered in the coming weeks.   We will not wait for another tragedy.