Speaking in advance of this week’s Dáil debate on legislation for the X Case, Choice Ireland called for cross-party support for the motion tabled by Sinn Féin calling on the government to introduce immediate legislation.
Choice Ireland spokesperson Stephanie Lord said;
“We are calling on all political parties to support this motion which calls for legislation to give effect
to the judgment of the X Case handed down in 1992 in order to allow women to avail of abortion services in Ireland where there is a real and substantial risk to their lives. We called for for cross-party support for the ULA private members bill back in April and had that been passed, there may be a chance that Savita Halappanavar would still be alive today.
“Women in Ireland have a legal right to have an abortion in this state where there is a real and substantial risk to their lives, including the risk of suicide, and yet the law is a legal quagmire and doctors work in a system that leaves them open to prosecution if they take certain decisions. Waiting for the Expert Group to report back will create additional delays that leave other women at risk. People in Ireland rejected any reversal of the X case and using the Expert Group as a delaying tactic undermines the democratic will of the people.
Further commenting, Choice Ireland spokesperson Abigail Rooney said;
“The Labour Party endorsed legislating for X at their last party conference and we are calling on them to support this motion. Choice Ireland is calling for cross-party support of this legislation. This a life and death matter for women who fall in to this category, and they deserve to be treated with respect and allowed to have the necessary medical procedures conducted in their own home country.
“What happened to Savita Halappanavar should never happen again.”
Note to Editors:
The text of the Dáil motion is;
That Dáil Éireann:
- Extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Savita Halappanavar and recognises that. news of her death in such tragic and traumatic circumstances has caused distress to people throughout the country and beyond.
- Resolves to await the outcome of the ongoing inquiries into all aspects of this tragedy.
- Acknowledges that the Oireachtas must legislate to give effect to the 1992 judgment of the
Supreme Court (the ‘X’ case).
- Further acknowledges that the absence of the required legislation denies women protection and the right to obtain a termination in life- threatening circumstances. It also creates an ambiguous legal situation for clinicians in those same circumstances.
- Regrets that successive governments and Ministers for Health have failed to legislate in this regard.
Calls on the Government to;
- immediately publish the report of the expert group.
- immediately introduce legislation to give effect to the 1992 judgement of the Supreme Court in the ‘X’ case, to protect pregnant women where their lives are in real danger and to give legal certainty to medical professionals.