Repeal of 8th Amendment issue of economic equality as well as human rights

Repeal 8thLow-income groups, migrants effectively disbarred from travelling for abortion

December 16th: Speaking today at a press conference organised by the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Unite Equalities Officer Taryn Trainor said that repeal was an issue of economic equality as well as human rights. Citing a recent audit of the IFPA’s counselling services, which showed that low-income women as well as migrant women and other disadvantaged groups are unable to avail of the right to travel to access an abortion, Ms Trainor said that repeal of the Eighth Amendment is crucial to vindicate all women’s rights.

“With the cost of an abortion in the UK ranging from €600 to €2000, and travel and accommodation costs added on to that, the reality is that women with money can have abortions, while women without have babies.

“Unite fully supports the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Personal Autonomy and Bodily Integrity) bill tabled by Deputy Clare Daly, which replaces the Eighth Amendment with a provision acknowledging the right of all to personal autonomy and bodily integrity.

“Repeal of the Eighth Amendment is not just about vindicating a woman’s fundamental human rights. It is about ensuring equal access to basic reproductive healthcare regardless of income or residency status”, Taryn Trainor concluded.

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