[Sinn Fein]

7th March 2002

Referendum result - a good day for women

Sinn Fein spokesperson on the abortion referendum Mary Lou McDonald has described the defeat of the 25th amendment to the Constitution as good day for women and a good day for understanding. Ms. McDonald said:

``Today's result is a recognition that this is not a black and white issue but a difficult and complex decision which women with crisis pregnancies face.

``The government offered a fudge that satisfied no one.  They told us that women are not to be trusted. The electorate rejected this view and instead voted for compassion and understanding.

``It is time now for legislation to finally put into law the rights of women as decided by the Supreme Court in 1992.  The government must also address the need for comprehensive sex education, financial support for single parents, full access to childcare and comprehensive support services.''

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