Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, Dr Ross Kelly from Doctors for Choice and TD/Pharmacist Kate O'Connell TD at the meeting in the D Hotel.
Dr Ross Kelly of Doctors for Choice has outlined the difficulties for doctors working under the current legal framework. Speaking at a meeting in Drogheda on Thursday night he explained about how the Eighth Amendment has caused major concerns for the medical profession in caring for pregnant women in Ireland.
Also speaking at the public meeting were Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, Councillor Dolores Minogue and Councillor Oliver Tully and many members of the public many of whom asked questions about the upcoming referendum and the reasons to Vote Yes to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Calling for a more caring compassionate Ireland that trusts women Deputy O'Dowd said that “Over 170,000 women have made the lonely journey abroad since 1980. We have heard the tragic cases of Miss A, Miss B, Miss C, Miss D, Miss X, Miss Y, Amanda Mellett, Siobhán Whelan and Savita Halapanaavar. Hundreds of Irish women each month travel to the UK for terminations, no one takes that trip lightly and the fact that we cannot care for these women in our own country saddens me deeply."
“This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our country. We can no longer continue to turn a blind eye. Crisis pregnancies, fatal foetal abnormalities and medically complicated pregnancies are happening around us to family members and friends, and at present we inhumanely farm out our problems to the UK. We have absolute hypocrisy in that the literature a woman receives in a UK clinic is published by the HSE, and yet we cannot support the very same women in Ireland."
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"We also listened to my colleague Kate O'Connell TD, who is a pharmacist and has seen first-hand the devastating effect the 8th amendment can have. Deputy O'Connell also debunked many of the untruths seen on the Vote No campaign posters and campaign."
Ardee Fine Gael Councillor, Dolores Minogue, said at the meeting: “I want to make sure people understand why I'm voting Yes, I believe in in the beauty and sanctity of life, but above everything I believe in choice and we must as a nation finally trust the women of Ireland to make the right decisions for the right reasons."
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