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#WhoNeedsYourYes: People on Twitter are explaining who their Yes vote will honour

So poignant.

AN EVENT HELD today by the National Women’s Council of Ireland launched their  ‘Who Needs Your Yes’ campaign, as well as sparking a Twitter hashtag.

There was a wide variety of speakers at the event including Minster for Health, Simon Harris.

Source: @womens_council_ireland/instagram

Harris thanked Irish women who have shared their personal experiences of crisis pregnancies, acknowledging the pain behind their stories:

‘We are voting on May 25 because we have let you down for too long.’

Professor Mary Higgins, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist from the National Maternity Hospital, spoke honestly of the unenviable position doctors find themselves in as they try to navigate the 8th Amendment which restrict how much they can care for their patients:

The most I can do as a doctor when my patients are travelling is send a text that says you’re thinking about them. It’s pathetic, and you wonder if you are breaking the law.

Last night, #WhoNeedsYourYes was trending on Twitter, as many shared their personal stories and reasons for voting to yes to repealing the 8th.

Here’s 12 of the most heartbreaking and compassionate tweets about who needs you to vote yes.

1. Dr Murphy, a therapist, needs it for his patients

2. Gerry needs a yes so his daughters never suffer what he and his wife did

3. Annie’s ‘yes’ is for her daughter and those who find themselves in an unimaginable reality

4. Ciara needs a yes for the memory of her being alone in England

5. Mel needs a yes for her cancer survivor daughter

6. Daithi’s ‘yes’ is a reminder of the children who are forced to travel

7. Karen’s yes is for women like her who have suffered from Post Natal Depression

8. Amanda Mellet’s is in memory of her daughter, Aoife

In 2011 Mellet was told her 21 week old foetus, a girl, had congenital defects meaning that she would die in the womb or shortly after. Mellet could only stay in the UK 12 hours in total for her treatment as it was all she could afford.

In June 2016, the UN’s Human Rights Commission ruled that Ireland had subjected Mellet to “discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” because of the 8th Amendment. Mellet was offered €30,000 by the Irish government.

9. Sinead is doing it for every pregnancy that wasn’t a source of joy

10. Julia is voting for women like her mother who have been affected by the 8th Amendment but cannot vote

11. James’ yes is so we start looking after our own citizens, instead of exporting them to the UK

12. Bró’s message is simple.

The NWCI also shared a beautiful video of family members speaking about the devastating impact of the 8th Amendment on their loved ones who were pregnant.


Source: NationalWomensCouncilofIreland/Vimeo

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