Irish abortion proposals a major step forward


Ireland abortion demonstration

PES strongly supports the campaign in Ireland to allow women access to safe and legal abortion.

We welcome the proposal to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, which presently outlaws abortion, and we support the campaign of Labour, our Irish member party, for a positive vote in the constitutional referendum on this issue.

Zita Gurmai, president of PES Women, said:

"I welcome the long-awaited decision of the Irish government finally to fix this issue. We must now ensure that the grassroots work done by organisations like ‘Free Safe Legal’ translate into a positive outcome so that all Irish women will finally enjoy freedom of choice when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health and rights."