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Rebels4Choice press release

Rebels 4 Choice (Cork)

Press Release
Date: Monday 22nd May, 2017

Cork group Rebels 4 Choice calls on Fine Gael Leadership candidates to promise women that they will read the Laffoy Report on the Citizens’ Assembly in full.

Cork group Rebels 4 Choice, one of the member organisations of the national Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, is calling on Fine Gael leadership candidates Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar to give an undertaking to Irish women that they will read Ms Justice Laffoy’s Report on the deliberations and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly in full.

Spokeswoman Dr Sandra McAvoy said:

Members of Rebels 4 Choice have found an interesting phenomenon when visiting TDs to talk about repeal of the 8th Amendment. When they ask them if they would intervene to stop a woman they know is going to have an abortion they say ‘No’. When asked if they think she should be punished they say ‘Of course not’, including in cases of young girls who order pills for early abortions and who actually face up to 14 years in prison in Irish law.

This seems to imply that they are pro-choice but have not thought about themselves in that way and perhaps do not have the language and arguments about ethics that Assembly members worked hard over several months to come to grips with.

Rebels 4 Choice calls on Fine Gael leadership candidates Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar to give a lead on one of the most important women’s issues of our generation by promising Irish women that they will read Ms Justice Laffoy’s Report on the deliberations and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly in full when they are submitted and also that they will recommend that all other Irish politicians do the same, in order to ensure that they are fully informed before the Oireachtas Committee begins its deliberations.

There can be no distancing of politicians from the recommendations of the Assembly if they have not read the report and understood their basis or validity.’

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