October 7, 2001
'Alliance for a No Vote' launched.
A broad coalition of organisations, which will be campaigning for a "NO" vote on the Taoiseach's abortion proposals, met in Dublin on Saturday October 6 and agreed to launch the 'Alliance for a No Vote' (ANV).
Commenting on the divisions that the Taoiseach's proposals will create, Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin, a spokesperson for the Alliance said:
"The only consensus on these proposals is between Bertie Ahern and those who want to reverse the X Case Judgment. The Taoiseach's proposals put Irish women's lives at risk. They will criminalize suicidal women who attempt to self-abort. And they create a new criminal offence for any Irish women desperate enough to try to self-abort, or for anyone who tries to help her".
Catherine Naji, another Alliance spokesperson said, "Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrat women who have had abortions have been told by their party leaders that their experience is not one the party is prepared to take on board. And in the absence of services being provided in Ireland, women on low incomes will continue to join Ireland's hidden waiting list outside moneylenders' houses, borrowing for a late abortion in Britain."
The Alliance for a No Vote will hold a public meeting in late October to coincide with the introduction of the legislation in the Dáil.
Organisations represented at the launch of the Alliance for a No Vote (ANV):
Irish Family Planning Association; Irish Council for Civil Liberties Women's Sub-Committee; Lawyers for Choice; Cork Women's Right to Choose Group; Dublin Abortion Rights Group; Women's Education Research & Resource Centre, UCD; Pro Choice Campaign; Socialist Party; Workers' Solidarity Movement.