[Letter to Editor] Chance to make Ireland safer place for women

Kasstan, Ben (2018) [Letter to Editor] Chance to make Ireland safer place for women. Irish News, The Irish News [weblog 20 April 2018].

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Chance to make Ireland safer place for women

With the May 25 Referendum quickly approaching, voters will no doubt feel anxious about where they sit in the intensely polarising ‘pro-choice’ or ‘pro-life’ debates. This one or the other approach to abortion care misses out the fact that voters can look at the referendum as an opportunity to make our healthcare services fit for purpose. That means healthcare services which are enabling of fair and just societies. From a public health perspective, providing free, safe, legal and regulated abortion care is an important way to make sure women in Ireland are treated equitably. That means giving women access to the specific services they need in order to participate fairly in society. In countries with restrictive abortion laws, like Ireland, women are forced into making possibly unsafe decisions and feel they can’t tell their doctors about important issues which may require follow-up care. The law prevents healthcare professionals from meeting the needs of women and providing the level of woman-centred care they committed themselves to training for.

So the May 25 referendum is an opportunity for us to make Ireland a fairer and safer place for women by having abortion care available and accessible for those who need it.

University of Sussex, Brighton, England

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Abortion, Ireland, Public Health, Abortion Legislation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Ben Kasstan
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 08:45
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75460
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