Spokesperson Ivana Bacik said
"The aim of the proposed referendum, if passed, is to prevent any future court decisions permitting abortion in cases such as 'X' and 'C'. There is no guarantee that other such cases, where a desperate pregnant woman or girl is contemplating suicide, will not emerge. The introduction of an amendment prohibiting abortion in cases of threatened suicide could quite conceivably result in the death of a woman by her own hand. The simplest immediate solution is to bring in legislation allowing for abortion in cases of a danger to a woman's life"
The DARG spokesperson continued:
"There have been four referendums about abortion in Ireland in the past 17 years. None of these have stopped Irish women having abortions. No referendum can ever prevent women having abortions. The ban on abortion has resulted in 100,000 Irish women travelling to Britain for terminations since 1967."
Ms Bacik concluded:
"Politicians of all parties should have the pragmatism and strength of character to step back from the political mistake made almost 20 years ago, when hasty commitments were made to hold an ill thought out referendum at the prompting of a small pressure group. Instead, two decades later, they seem determined to head down the same road."
The Dublin Abortion Rights Group supports the right to free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland. The private and personal medical decisions made by individual women should be left to women themselves, in consultation with their medical advisers.
The DARG welcomes the proposal in the APOCC report providing for improved contraception, counselling and sex education facilities aimed at preventing crisis pregnancies.
Appendix: Consequences of the 1983
Background information and submission http://go.to/darg