Broad call for X case legislation

Students protest the High Court decision 21 years ago to bar a 14-year-old, known as X, from travelling to Britain for an abortion.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Students protest the High Court decision 21 years ago to bar a 14-year-old, known as X, from travelling to Britain for an abortion. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fri, Mar 1, 2013, 00:00

More than 100 organisations across a broad platform have called on the Government to legislate for the X case.

Action on X was joined in Dublin this morning by organisations including the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Siptu, Unite, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the Union of Students in Ireland, Doctors for Choice and migrant women’s group AkiDwa, to call for the urgent enactment of the promised legislation.

The groups will also take part in a rally at the Central Bank on Monday at 6pm to mark the 21st anniversary of the X case.

In the High Court 21 years ago, a 14-year-old, known as X, was barred from travelling to Britain for an abortion. Two weeks later the Supreme Court overturned the bar and ruled that the Constitution allowed for abortion in Ireland when a woman’s life was in danger, including from the risk of suicide.

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