I welcome the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion but it is important is that the Government puts them into action, and presents a draft timeline for a referendum on the 8th Amendment.
Politicians can no longer bury their heads in the sand on the issue of the 8th Amendment. They must now take responsibility, and legislate for a referendum to repeal the 8th, and allow access to terminations in a wide range of circumstances, as per the Assembly’s recommendations.
For far too long, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have abdicated their responsibilities as legislators on difficult issues, like abortion. The Government must now present a draft timeline for legislation on repealing the 8th Amendment. They must not let the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly go unheeded, like they did with many of the Constitutional Convention’s recommendations.
You can see my questions to the Tánaiste in March on the issue of the timeline of a referendum on the repeal of the 8th.