Friday, 25 March 2016

Where do NUI Seanad Candidates stand on Repealing the 8th Amendment?




Candidate
Supports Repeal of 8th Amendment
Pro-Choice
Supports Access to abortion in cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormality
Supports Access to abortion in cases of rape
Supports Access to abortion in cases of incest
Supports Access to Abortion in cases of a threat to health
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Jerry Beades
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David Begg
Unclear

No
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‘Favours review of the 8th Amendment.  States that he is not in favour of widespread availability of abortion.’- according to Pro-Life Campaign Website

‘I have not actually made any public statement on the 8th amendment. However my standpoint favours a comprehensive constitutional review to deal with what is a very complex and sensitive issue.’- email to me
Deirdre Burke
Yes
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Pádraig Ó Céidigh
Unclear
Unclear
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‘I will listen carefully to the debate on this issue, then reflect and then make a fully informed decision on the matter.’-email to me
Enda O'Coineen
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Paul D’Alton
Yes
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I will be supporting the call for a referendum on the 8th Amendment and will support the repeal of the 8th Amendment. I agree completely with you about the utter importance of is for women in Ireland.'
Martin Daly
Yes
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Unclear
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'I think the call for simple repeal is not good enough , there has to be a proposal brought as to what might replace it....
I am a working GP at the coalface and am acutely aware of the considerable difficulties our women and if they have a partner ,their partners, face in these situations...
I feel the people of Ireland are evolving their position based on pragmatic and sympathetic view of the very hard cases that arise at intervals and expose the limitations of the current constitutional ban. I do not think you can coerce people to a certain point of view on this issue. Recent social referenda show that the Irish people move at their own pace in these matters.

I think over 3000 women women choose, after considered and sometimes very conflicted, to go to UK to obtain and Abortion every yr. That is the reality we have to deal with .'- emails to me
Máire Darker
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unclear
‘I would support a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment on the basis of a clear proposal of legislation allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.’-email to me
Karen Devine
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Owen Dinneen
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Luke Field
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
"I believe the 8th Amendment poses a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of women in Ireland. I support repealing it as soon as possible, and at a minimum, legislating to allow abortion in cases of rape, threat to health, incest, and FFA. Although I would prefer to see a fully pro-choice regime (as a man, I would never want to restrict a woman's access to healthcare), the above probably reflects the limits of the possible in Ireland's current political reality. 

See my blog on this topic:
http://lukefield.ie/2016/02/23/the-hateful-eighth-repealing-the-eighth-amendment/ ''

Pearce Flannery
Yes
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Ross Golden-Bannon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
‘As a man I am eternally embarrassed that we men are making decisions about women's bodies but that is where we are.

Repeal of the 8th is just the start of a process. Personally I don't feel there should be any extenuating circumstances for the right to abortion. It should be a matter of choice for the woman concerned. It's really nobody else's business why she chooses to have an abortion…Until we equalise our abortion laws with our neighbours in the UK we will continue to place women's health in danger.’
Laura Harmon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
'I am 100% pro choice. I will call for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment and I will campaign for its repeal. My website can be found here www.lauraharmon.ie and my Twitter is @HarmonForSeanad.’
Aideen Hayden
Yes
Unclear
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
‘I am in favour of Repeal the 8th and campaigned against the 8th in the first place. I am in favour of the Labour Party position’
Rory Hearne
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Alice Mary Higgins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Alice Mary first marched for Repeal of the 8th as a teenager in 1992, following the x case. She has represented NWCI in the repeal the 8th coalition and spoken at the March for Choice. She has said that while she personally is in favour of free, safe and legal, the important thing is that any new regulation genuinely reflects our society and begins from the principles of women's health, well-being and human rights. She has also said that true national discussion on abortion cannot happen while women affected are still under the shadow of criminalisation and the 8th.
John Higgins
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Carol Hunt
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes



Barry Johnston
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Barry Johnston has signed up to the NCWI Breakthrough manifesto, which includes a commitment on reproductive rights: ‘Support reproductive rights and repeal of the 8th Amendment
by delivering a Referendum to remove the 8th Amendment from our Constitution and bring Ireland in line with international Human Rights standards’

Christy Kenneally
Yes
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Christy Kenneally has signed the Repeal the 8th pledge.
Michael McDowell
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‘Said recently that the 8th Amendment has left us in a ‘poor place’.’- Pro-life Campaign website
Darragh McGreal
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Michael Molloy






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Paddy Monahan
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
‘I favour the introduction of legislation to ensure, at a minimum, access to a safe and legal abortion where pregnancy creates a risk to the life or physical or mental health of a woman, in cases of severe and fatal foetal impairment and in circumstances where a pregnancy results from rape or incest.’


Rónán Mullen
No
No
No
No
No
No
‘The 8th Amendment has been good for our culture’- leaflet
Eddie Murphy
Yes
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Ellen O’Malley Dunlop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
‘The repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the passing of legislation to allow women to make their own decisions in very difficult situations.’


Brendan Price
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Kieran Rose
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
‘In the early 1980s I was one of the leaders of the Anti-Amendment Campaign in Cork and key points we made at the time was that the complexity of abortion issue meant that it should be left to the Oireachtas and legislation; that a Constitutional Amendment was not the right way to resolve these complex issues; and that there were many potential unforeseen/unintended consequences when any Amendment came to be interpreted by the Courts. And this is how things turned out and that is why the Amendment must be repealed.’