Repeal the 8th Amendment – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called for a YES vote in the forthcoming Repeal Referendum on May 25th.

His Louth colleague Ruairi Ó Murchu has said that “there is a need to trust women.”

Gerry Adams said:

“The 8th Amendment has no place in a constitution. Doctors and nurses constantly work in the shadow of a constitutional amendment that criminalises their actions, damages the health of women and forces many to flee to other jurisdictions. Some women have died as a result. This is not right.

Deciding where you stand on the 8th Amendment is not easy choice. This is a hugely emotive and difficult issue, but I believe that society must trust women, recognise that they must have the right to control their own bodies, and allow doctors to do their jobs. This is about women’s access to healthcare when they need it.”

Councillor Ruairi Ó Murchu said

“Sinn Féin will campaign passionately for the removal of the 8th Amendment. We respect the views of everyone, including those citizens who seek to retain the 8th amendment. But for Sinn Féin the critical issue is the need to trust women; to protect women; and to ensure there is empathy and compassion in our health system.”