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Monday, 9th April 2018

Drogheda Together for Yes campaign gets under way

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Drogheda Together for Yes campaigners gathering signatures of support on West Street on Saturday afternoon (from left) Audrey Graham, Carrie McIntyre, Kim Reilly, Mark Hoskins and Emma Cutlip. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Volunteers for the Drogheda Together for Yes campaign were out in force on West Street on Saturday urging people to vote yes in the coming referendum on whether or not to repeal article eight of the constitution.

Drogheda Life was with them for a short time and the response they were receiving seemed to be overwhelmingly supportive with very few people saying they would be voting against.

“Even though we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from people on the doors in Drogheda we still see anti-choice posters all over the town spreading misinformation” a spokesperson told Drogheda Life. “We believe that the time has come to say ‘enough is enough’ and to vote yes for repeal."

Drogheda Together for Yes will officially launch its campaign on Saturday next, 14th April at 1.00 pm outside the Ulster Bank on West Street.

The Drogheda Together for Yes official campaign to repeal the eighth amendment will launch this Saturday at 1pm on West Street.

Drogheda Together for Yes convenor Stephanie Lord told Drogheda Life; that “Together For Yes” is the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th Amendment.

“Within this group we have trade unions, political parties and community organisations coming together to remove an unnecessary, unworkable provision in the Constitution that tied the hands of the Oireachtas, of doctors, and of women. This is our chance to right that wrong, and to put decisions about reproductive life back where they belong: in our homes and in our doctors’ surgeries.”

“We are already working very hard to try secure a Yes vote here in Drogheda in the upcoming referendum on the 25th May 2018. Our Drogheda Together For Yes group have been receiving an extremely positive response from the people we engage with through our stalls and our door to door canvassing.”

Spokesperson Megan Ni Thonoir said “Drogheda Together for Yes is inviting you to join us at our official campaign launch on Saturday 14th April at 1pm outside the Ulster Bank on West Street.

“At this event, members of the public will have an opportunity to step forward and share their reasons for voting for repeal and standing Together for Yes.

“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.”

The group is asking people to stand in solidarity with the twelve women who travel for abortions or take pills illegally at home in Ireland every day. They are asking people to stand together for yes to allow doctors prioritise the life, health and well-being of women who are pregnant.

The programme of events is as follows:

  • Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th April Together for Yes Street Stalls at the Ulster Bank on West Street 1.00 pm-3.00 pm.
  • Thursday 12th April Together for Yes Get Involved/Volunteers Open Meeting 8pm, Sarsfields Bar, Chord Road.
  • Saturday 14th April Together for Yes Campaign Launch 1pm West Street, 2pm Street Stalls and Mega Canvass (email droghedaabortionrightscampaign@gmail.com for more details)
  • Thursday 19th April Together for Yes Public Meeting “Why Vote Yes” featuring Dr. Ross Kelly from Doctors for Choice, Gaye and Gerry Edwards, and Wendy Lyon, Lawyers for Choice:
  • Friday 27th April Drogheda ARC: Table Quiz for Repeal! 8pm, Sarsfields Pub, Cord Road
  • Saturday 28th April Drogheda ARC: Drogheda Women’s History Walking Tour @ 3pm (email droghedaabortionrightscampaign@gmail.com for more details/to book tickets)

For more information see The Drogheda Together for Yes Facebook page.

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