PBP TD welcomes the announcement of Bill to initiate referendum to delete article 40.3.3 from the constitution

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 27/03/2018

Ireland is reaching a truly historic moment- Calls for people to get out and campaign for a massive Yes vote

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has welcomed the speech made by Minister Simon Harris in the Seanad this evening where he outlined the Bill which would repeal the eighth amendment of the constitution.

She said: “It is good that the Minister has got agreement from cabinet to put forward this Bill and we can stop with the messing around and get on with the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment. All we need now is the announcement of the date of the referendum which must be held before the end of May so students and young people have a chance to have their say on the 8th before they head off to work abroad.”

The TD pointed to a number of restrictions that she felt were unnecessary. She said: “The retention of the 14 year prison sentence for doctors and medical professionals for providing an abortion other than under the provisions set out in the General Scheme maintains a chill factor for doctors.”

The TD called for people to get out and campaign for the repeal of the eighth amendment now that the announcement of the date for the referendum is fast approaching. She said: “We have a historic opportunity now to bring Ireland out of our dark past where women were either forced to travel abroad for a termination of a pregnancy or remain here and forced to give birth. We have science and facts on our side- it is time we get women’s bodies out of the constitution. It is time we repeal the eighth.”