The Alliance for a No Vote has welcomed the rejection of the government's proposal in the abortion referendum. In light of the result, the group has called on the government to legislate for the X case now. It has also said that a debate is necessary on the wider issue of abortion in Ireland.
ANV spokesperson Cathleen O'Neill said:
"The people have given their verdict on the government proposal, and it is a clear mandate to legislate for the X case. Politicians, of whatever party, now have no excuse to avoid the issue. They have to bring in laws to vindicate the right to an abortion for suicidal women.
"We also need to move on and address the wider questions. Rape and suicide victims should be allowed the choice of terminating their pregnancies, as should women, such as Deirdre de Barra, carrying foetuses that cannot survive. Now that the government's referendum has been rejected, the whole issue of abortion in Ireland has to be addressed properly."
Earl of Kildare Hotel, Kildare St
10 am, Friday 8 March