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TFMR welcome commitment by Taoiseach to prioritise Repeal of 8th Amendment
TFMR Ireland – Press Release – 13th June 2017 Campaign Group welcomes commitment by Taoiseach to prioritise Repeal of 8th Amendment This is the first time since the offending article was inserted into our Constitution 34 years ago that a Minister has been tasked with holding a referendum to repeal it. Gerry Edwards, speaking on behalf of TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons) has welcomed the announcement that Health Minister Simon Harris is to be tasked with bringing about a referendum to repeal the 8th. “We find it encouraging that our new Taoiseach, himself a medical doctor and recent Minister for Health, has given such a strong commitment to the holding of a referendum next year, and that making this statement on his first day of office is a further statement of intent. “We are pleased too that Simon Harris will continue in his role as Minister for Health and that it is he who will take responsibility for progressing this. Minister Harris introduced the “HSE Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death” last year, making it clear that women and girls who were forced to travel for a termination of pregnancy following a diagnosis of foetal anomaly must receive appropriate follow up care and suitable counselling as required. He also had the good grace to issue a prompt apology to Amanda Mellett following last year’s ruling by the Un Human Rights Committee that Ireland had violated her human rights. We hope that a similar apology to Siobhán Whelan would be forthcoming soon too. “That said, there are still numerous issues around maternal health and the rights of the pregnant person that still need to be address – some of them legal and some simply down to resources. We need to ensure that anomaly scans are offered to all women in each of the 19 maternity hospitals and units in Ireland. Genetic Screening should also be available to women who wish to avail of it. “We need to finally enact legislation to rid Ireland of the scourge of rogue pregnancy counselling agencies who have been proven on numerous occasions to be willing to provide false information to vulnerable women and girls seeking advice, a process which unduly and unfairly interferes with their ability and right to make informed decisions on their own behalf. “The Regulation of Information Act 1995 has been criticised by the United Nations in both the Mellett and Whelan rulings as exacerbating the distress of women. It is the chilling effect that this legislation has on doctors that results in patients being left in an unjust information vacuum. We believe that this Act, which is related to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution (the right to information) and not the 8th must be repealed or significantly amended immediately. “We look forward to working with the new Taoiseach, with the Minister for Health, the Oireachtas Committee and any TD or Senator who is willing to discuss this topic in an open and honest manner.” TFMR Ireland is made up of parents who have been affected by pregnancies with Fatal or Severe Foetal Anomalies and were forced to wither travel abroad to receive the healthcare we needed, or remain pregnant in Ireland against our wills. Our primary objectives are: • To educate people about pregnancies with foetal anomalies • Destigmatize terminations of pregnancy • To campaign for a legal and medical environment in which terminations of pregnancy can be provided in Ireland We are a wholly voluntary organization with no paid staff and receive no state or overseas funding. We are dependent on donations from people who support our aims. To make a donation, please click here.