Citizen's Assembly to hear from women with experience of abortion

They will also hear from a range of advocacy groups in March

Citizen's Assembly to hear from women with experience of abortion

Chairperson and Justice of the Supreme Court Mary Laffoy addressing the inaugural meeting of the Citizens' Assembly in Dublin Castle | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The Citizen's Assembly will hear the personal stories of women who've had different experiences of abortion and crisis pregnancy in March. 

The assembly will also hear from a range of advocacy groups at the meeting next month.

This weekend the assembly heard about the availability of abortions in other countries, as well as the issue of rape and crisis pregnancy.

This month's meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly concluded today bringing the Assembly over half way through its consideration of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

Today the Assembly members heard presentations on the reproductive autonomy of the woman from Dr Joan McCarthy of UCC who presented the pro-choice arguments and Dr Dónal Ó Mathúna from DCU who presented the pro-life arguments.

This was followed by a presentation from Professor Gerard Bury of UCD about the regulation of the medical profession and issues arising there including conscientious objection.  The members also held roundtable discussions and Q& A sessions on the presentations before them.

Personal testimonies 

The Assembly is set to meet again on the 3rd and 4th of March for what will be the fourth of five meetings on the topic.

At the next meeting the Assembly will hear directly from women who have been affected by the Eighth Amendment.

Chair of the Assembly Ms. Justice Laffoy said "Since the first meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment, the members have said that they want to hear directly from women who have experienced the Eighth Amendment.  

"Hearing personal testimony is important as it allows the citizens the opportunity to hear first-hand about how the matters they are discussing at these weekends affect women and their families."

Chairperson of the assembly Justice Mary Laffoy explains the importance of women's views being heard.