12 weeks law a “stepping stone” to further liberalisation – Repeal campaign leader

The director of “Togther for Yes” and head of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Ailbhe Smyth, made some very revealing comments to The Irish Times recently.

Smyth told the newspaper that the proposal to legislate for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks of pregnancy was a “a baseline” and “a minimum” for future progress. She said that the proposal “would be a huge step forward for Ireland”.

The campaign must be about repeal, not the 12 weeks proposals, she argued.

Strangely, the “Together for Yes” website doesn’t mention these views. In fact, it barely mentions the 12 weeks proposal at all.

The only page which does refer to the legislation suggests that Together for Yes is pleased with the proposals:

“Together for Yes considers that these are workable and reasonable proposals to allow women and girls to access the abortion services “

So which is it? Does “Together for Yes” support the 12 weeks proposal, or is it just a Trojan Horse which opens the door to more liberal laws?