US Supreme Court ruling a ‘horrendous setback for women’s rights’, say Irish activists – The Irish Times

Overturning the constitutional right to abortion in the United States is a “horrific step backwards for women’s rights” threatening real risk to lives, said Labor leader Ivana Bacik.

“The effect of today’s Supreme Court decision will be devastating,” said Ms. Bacik.

“It will not prevent abortions, but is likely to cause a real health risk to women in the United States.”

Ms Bacik is among activists calling for a demonstration at the US Embassy in Dublin on Sunday to protest the Washington Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ‘Roe Vs Wade’ decision, which legalized abortion in every state for almost 50 years.

“We know from the Irish experience that restricting access to abortion does not prevent crisis pregnancies, but rather worsens the crisis for women,” Ms Bacik said.

“We also know from our own experience that constitutional restrictions on access to safe legal abortion can pose serious risks to women’s lives and health. Indeed, the Constitution is not a place to regulate a complex and sensitive matter like abortion.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties said the decision “could hardly be worse”.

“Not only could the right to abortion be overturned, but marriage equality and even contraception are threatened,” he posted on Twitter.

The National Council of Women of Ireland described the development as “a major setback for women’s rights and reproductive rights in the United States and around the world” which will have “devastating consequences for women and pregnant women who have need to access abortion care”.

However, Ireland’s Pro Life campaign welcomed the US Supreme Court’s ruling and said it was a ‘momentous development for the right to life’ and ‘the protection of the most vulnerable members. of the human family, unborn babies”. “Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, there have been more than 60 million legal abortions performed in the United States,” spokeswoman Eilís Mulroy said.

“Such a shocking and tragic character cannot be explained by simply repeating the ‘right to choose’ mantra. It calls for something much deeper and more thoughtful.

The main influencers in the abortion debate in the United States were women “who speak openly about their abortion and the devastating impact it has had on their lives”, Ms Mulroy said.

“The debate unfolding in the United States over abortion is not that different from the debate unfolding in Ireland,” she added.

“Ultimately it comes down to the value we place on human life as a society. Those who campaigned for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment in Ireland like to think the matter is settled. But as the debate in the United States shows, the issue is far from settled.

Peadar Tóibín, chief of Aontú, said it was “a wonderful day for human rights and democracy”.

“This is the beginning, I hope, of a more human and comp

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, chair of the Green Party, said the decision was “expected but devastating”.

“Women’s rights and trust in the justice system have been destroyed,” she said.

Former TD Ruth Coppinger, a leading figure in the Repeal the Eighth movement which overturned an amendment to the Irish constitution giving an unborn baby an equal right to life like a pregnant woman, described the US decision as a “blow devastating for social progress”.

“The idea that – after half a century – the right to abortion could be taken away in the so-called most developed country in the world by a cabal of unrepresentative Supreme Court justices is truly dystopian,” a- she declared.

Ms Coppinger said the decision was part of a series of attacks on civil liberties “by an emboldened religious and capitalist right wing in the United States”.

“It is the poor, working class and people of color who will suffer the most from this ban,” she added.

“In Ireland we only won the right to abortion four years ago, so we fully understand what it is like to live in a country without this civil right. from the United States, it’s even more of a barrier to consider traveling.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith has reiterated that Ireland will “show solidarity” with the abortion rights movement in the US and that protests will be staged in the coming days.

“Many governments around the world have moved towards easier access to abortion, with more than 50 countries (including Ireland) liberalizing their laws over the past three decades. Today’s SCOTUS decision puts the United States in the company of countries like Poland and Nicaragua that are moving toward greater restrictions on legal access to abortion.

“The REPEAL campaign in Ireland shows that we can win the right to choose and that now is not the time for the movement in the United States to mourn, but to stage a fight back against this backlash against the rights of women to full reproductive care,” she added.

Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin said the decision “marks an incredibly dark day for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women in the United States.”

In the North, SDLP MP Sinéad McLaughlin described it as “such a sad day for women”.

“When the Supreme Court of the United States, in the most powerful democracy in the free world, rolls back women’s rights, takes away their health choices, we must be aware of the threat to freedoms and freedoms. equality for all women,” she said.

“I am heartbroken for all of our sisters.”