Inclusion Ireland joins ‘Together for Yes’ platform
Inclusion Ireland is joining ‘Together for Yes’ the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th Amendment.
Inclusion Ireland has published a policy paper which sets out our position that individuals with disabilities are disproportionately affected by the 8th amendment and have, to date, been largely left out of the conversation. You can read that policy paper at this link.
The 8th amendment has been recognised by the UN as cruel, inhuman and degrading and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Ireland recently ratified, includes a right to decide freely on the number and spacing of children. Access to abortion on an equal basis with others is essential for Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention. This campaign builds on Inclusion Ireland campaigns on the right of persons with a disability to make decisions, including medical decisions, as well as a right to sexual relationships.
As part of Inclusion Ireland’s participation in the campaign, we will be highlighting;
- The need for improved sexual education that is accessible and available to people with disabilities.
- The need for people with disabilities to have their rights to medical consent and bodily integrity respected.
- The right of people with disabilities to sexual relationships which are often secret or taboo.
- The right of people with disabilities to accessing medical care in their own country, with their own trusted doctor, without the need to travel, which can disproportionately affect people with disabilities.
- The impact of the 8th amendment on the issues relating to poverty and disability.
- The lack of involvement of people with disabilities to date and the need to have those voices in the conversation.
- The inaccessibility of many parts of the campaign and the urgent need for accessible information.
Inclusion Ireland hopes that people with disabilities, allies and disability organisations who campaigned for the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will join in the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment.