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Citizens' Assembly Meet For Final Session On Eighth Amendment

By Alana Laverty

April 23, 2017 at 9:06am

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Members of the Citizens' Assembly yesterday decided that Irish abortion laws should be changed, that the eighth amendment should be replace, rather than repealed, and that only the Oireachtas should have power to legislate for abortion. 

This morning they meet again for their final session on the eighth amendment in which they'll discuss and vote on what recommendations they should give the Oireachtas on abortion restrictions.

"The Citizens’ Assembly is meeting this weekend to agree its recommendations to government on the issue of abortion.  We strongly urge the Assembly to recommend a referendum to entirely delete the Eighth Amendment.

The facts stack up: the Eighth Amendment is unworkable, undesirable and gravely harmful.  It places Ireland towards the very bottom of the list in terms of how we treat our women and girls."

Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment

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