In a statement t last night, Cllr Melisa Halpin (People Before Profit) announced that her motion calling on the government to have a referendum to Repeal the Eighth Amendment was passed by 16 votes to 12 at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council meeting.
Cllr Halpin’s motion was supported by her other two People Before Profit councillors, some members of Labour and Fine Gael and two independents. Sinn Fein abstained from voting and Fianna Fail voted against or abstained.
Cllr Melisa Halpin said: “For too long women have been denied access to their rights in Ireland. Since the Eighth Amendment to the constitution in 1983 more than 150,000 women have been forced to travel abroad for abortions, we have seen over and over again tragic cases like Ms X, Ms A, B, C and D, Savita Halappanavar and most recently Ms Y.
The Ms Y case shows how utterly inadequate the Protection of Life during Pregnacny Act is and it is now abundently clear that the Eight Amendment needs to be repealed without delay,
I am delighted this motion was passed this evening and I will continue to fight for a woman’s right to choose in this country because as long as we are denied this right we are essentially second class citizens”.