Abortion Rights Campaign announces aim to repeal 8th amendment

A small group of Pro Choice protestors picket Pro-Life Campaigners gathered in Merrion Square, Dublin

Pro-choice groups and individuals from across Ireland came together for a meeting in Dublin on Saturday to discuss the name and aims of the newly established Abortion Rights Campaign and to agree to the next steps of the movement.

According to the Irish Times, the campaign is aiming for legislation on the X and C cases and repeal of the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution.

Events and actions are being organized across the country for the coming months. Ailbhe Smyth, the meeting chair, said the campaign wanted to include different interest, including student unions, human rights organizations, legal and medical groups, to help repeal the 8th amendment.

At the meeting, Independent TD Clare Daly said the movement was "here for the long haul."

"We want the immediate introduction of legislation for the right to safe, legal abortion when a woman's life is at risk, including from suicide. We also want the simplest, broadest legislation that includes the right to abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormality. We will keep the pressure on until we get this.”