Independent MEP, Nessa Childers has called for the repeal of the 8th amendment and for wider access to abortion in Ireland. Ms Childers was speaking at a seminar held on Friday 25th September in advance of the 4th Annual March for Choice in Dublin
Ms Childers was also a member of a delegation of S&D Euro MPs who visited Ireland in the lead up to the 4th Annual March for Choice.
The delegation included Iratxe García Pérez MEP (Chairperson of the European Parliament’s committee for women’s rights and gender equality), Marie Arena MEP and Maria Noichl MEP who took part in a study tour on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September to examine the gendered impacts of austerity in Ireland. The visit included a series of briefings with Irish NGOs, women’s refuge centres, and a meeting with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.
Marie Arena MEP, S&D spokesperson for women’s rights and gender equality said:
After the landslide vote for Marriage Equality and the passage of the Gender Recognition Bill earlier this year in Ireland, S&D members of the European Parliament support the Abortion Rights Campaign to Repeal the 8th amendment, in order to take a closer step to securing free, safe and legal access to abortion in Ireland.”I believe that women can only be truly equal to men if they are given control over their sexuality, bodies and health.
“We know that highly restrictive abortion regimes do not equate to lower abortion rates and that women have always had – and will continue to have – abortions; We will work in the European Parliament and beyond to secure women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights within and outside the EU and not be hampered by anti-choice propaganda.
“We are thrilled this movement is joined by so many Irish artists, citizens and European women’s rights organizations”.
Nessa Childers MEP is a member of the Group of Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and is an alternative member of the parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee.