In 2018, then Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that he was willing to support repeal of the 8th amendment and legalisation of abortion on demand to 12 weeks because he had been assured there would be “strict guidelines”, including a three-day waiting period for women to reflect on the decision before they underwent an abortion.
The indiscriminate and exploitative use of a dead woman's name, and her image, to push a controversial campaign - that she was never part of - continues. Yet the same campaigners ignore the tragic death of Aisha Chithira, writes NIAMH UÍ BHRIAIN
In 2018, we were repeatedly told that Irish women would be safer in pregnancy if the Eighth Amendment was repealed. In fact, when opinion polls showed support for repeal was slipping, abortion campaigners reverted to using the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar to raise unfounded fear to push a ‘Yes’ vote. Then Taoiseach Leo Vardakar, warned voters that pregnant women would die if abortion was not legalised.
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has told the Cabinet that a review into the abortion law introduced in 2018 by his predecessor, Simon Harris, has been set in place. The review is obligated by the legislation.
A major new Report from the International Reproductive Journal, Contraception, has shown that Irish medical professionals involved in the delivery of abortion services report higher levels of social and professional isolation. The research underpinning the Report was conducted by pro-choice medics and academics.