Coming home to vote
A chara, Alongside other disenfranchised Irish citizens living abroad, I will be travelling home in solidarity with diaspora who are eligible to vote. More pertinently, we will be travelling in solidarity with the nine women a day forced to make the same trip across the Irish Sea to access healthcare denied to them at home.
The hypocrisy of this situation is shameful. We know that the Eighth Amendment fails women and pregnant people regardless of whether they decide to continue with their pregnancy or not. It causes further harm to women and girls in vulnerable economic, social and emotional circumstances who cannot travel for healthcare, exposing them to the dangers of taking the abortion pill without medical supervision or being forced to remain pregnant.
I hope that after May all women in Ireland will have the same rights and access to safe and compassionate healthcare at home as Irish women do abroad.
Is mise le meas, Clare Daly, London (formerly Wexford).