Com­ing home to vote

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPIN­ION -

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).

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