‘To­gether for Yes’ cam­paign launched in Kil­lar­ney

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

THE Kerry To­gether for Yes cam­paign has kicked off in earnest this week and vol­un­teers will be out in force over the com­ing weeks cam­paign­ing on why they be­lieve a yes vote is nec­es­sary on May 25.

Paula Deenan of Kerry To­gether for Yes, said that a Yes vote is needed so that “women can re­ceive the com­pas­sion­ate health­care they need here at home”. She was one of sev­eral speak­ers at the of­fi­cial Kerry launch of ‘To­gether for Yes’ which took place on Mon­day evening in The Bre­hon Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney.

To­gether for Yes is the na­tional civil so­ci­ety cam­paign to re­move the 8th Amendment.

“We are de­lighted to launch the Kerry To­gether for Yes cam­paign. Our vol­un­teers across the county are out hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple, at in­for­ma­tion stalls and can­vass­ing, about why a yes vote on May 25 is nec­es­sary.”

“The re­sponse we’re hear­ing from peo­ple is that they want change. They want Ire­land to care for ev­ery woman whether she de­cides to have an abor­tion or con­tinue with her preg­nancy. We’re look­ing for­ward to an en­er­getic, com­pas­sion­ate and re­spect­ful cam­paign over the next seven weeks.”

Key speak­ers at the event also in­cluded: Dr Mary Favier, Doc­tors for Choice; Dr Siob­hán Dono­hue, Chair­per­son of Ter­mi­na­tions for Med­i­cal Rea­sons (TFMR) and med­i­cal doc­tor; Ailbhe Smyth, Co-Di­rec­tor of To­gether for Yes; and Paula Den­nan, Kerry To­gether for Yes.

Co-Di­rec­tor of To­gether for Yes, Ailbhe Smyth also ad­dressed the launch and said that women should be al­lowed to make their own per­sonal choice.

“The 8th Amendment harms women and it needs to be re­moved. We need to cre­ate a caring and com­pas­sion­ate en­vi­ron­ment for women in Ire­land who are in cri­sis preg­nancy sit­u­a­tions, for ex­am­ple women who be­come preg­nant as a re­sult of rape. They should be al­lowed to make per­sonal, pri­vate de­ci­sions about their health un­der the care of their own doc­tors, and with the sup­port of their fam­i­lies. Women need care and com­pas­sion. Vot­ing yes will make this hap­pen.”

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Dr Mary Favier, Siob­hán Dono­hue, Paula Dennnan and Ailbhe Smyth at the To­gether for Yes launch in The Bre­hon on Mon­day.

Ciara Kenny and Lizzy MacKen­zie Tralee at the To­gether for Yes cam­paign launch in The Bre­hon, Kil­lar­ney on Mon­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Lucy Cur­tis and Ly­dia Shee­han at the To­gether for Yes launch in The Bre­hon Kil­lar­ney on Mon­day.

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