The Irish Government: Legislate for the X Case before the end of 2012
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The Irish Government: Legislate for the X Case before the end of 2012

    1. Linda Kelly
    2. Petition by

      Linda Kelly

      Dublin, Ireland

20 years ago on February 17th 1992 a 14 year old girl, known as "X", became the subject of a High Court injunction barring her from leaving the country. She was confined to Ireland to prevent her terminating her pregnancy, the result of a rape following years of sexual abuse at the hands of a neighbour. 

Two weeks later, following a huge outpouring of sympathy and horror from all sections of society and all corners of the nation, the Supreme Court ruled that when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, including from the risk of suicide, she has the right to an abortion here in Ireland. On that date the court directed that we must legislate to allow women to exercise this right - this was to become known as 'the X Case'.

But 20 years later Irish women are still waiting for legislation to allow them access to abortion where their life is in danger.

The death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in Galway after being denied a termination, has once again highlighted the need to legislate for the X Case now. We must not let this happen again to any woman in any part of Ireland.

Enda Kenny and James Reilly have received a report on Savita's death from the Expert Group and will debate in the Dáil next week on Wednesday 28th November. 

Sign this petition and show them that the Irish people want Action on the X case now to prevent any further deaths.

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. RIP Savita

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      The death of Savita Halappanavar cannot be in vain. It should never have happened. Please sign and share this petition.

      Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital

      KITTY HOLLAND and PAUL CULLEN, Health Correspondent Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month. Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. System 'ignores and stigmatises' women who travel for abortion

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      The real women behind the stories of abortion in Ireland

    5. TDs to vote against Bill despite party's calls for legislation

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Last night, I sat in Dail Eireann listening to Deputies from across all parties and the technical group debate the introduction of legislation for the X case. The majority who spoke were in favour of the bill but due to the party whip system could not vote on it.

      Show these politicians they are not alone and that the Irish people are also in favour of legislating for the X case by signing this petition. Do it today. Do it for the women of Ireland.

      Linda

    6. Abortion Bill introduced in Dáil

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Clare Daly has introduced a bill to legislate for the X case. Lets get even more signatures to prove there is widespread support for her bill and for this cause.

      Linda

    7. We've reached 1000!

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      In just a week, we've reached 1000 signatures! Now it's time to up the ante and reach our next goal - 5000 signatures! If you think women in Ireland have the right to access life saving abortion, then please share this petition with your friends, colleagues and networks. It only takes 5 minutes to post on Facebook or to send a tweet.

      Thank you for being part of this campaign!
      Linda

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Halfway to 1000!

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Incredible support everyone! In just a few days we've reached 500 signatures. Imagine what number we can reach if we all continue to promote this petition to our friends, colleagues and networks.

      Linda

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. We've reached 100 signatures in under 24 hours!

      Linda Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      What a fantastic response there has been since we started the petition - demonstrating that Irish people want the government to legislate for the X Case. Help us to reach 1000 by Monday by sharing on Facebook, Retweeting on Twitter and posting to any blogs, networks, communities you are involved in.

      Together, we can create enough momentum to achieve change.

    12. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Niamh Bevan DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      When I was still in school my best friend became pregnant & was taken out of school at the age of 14. I never saw her again although I know she had her child she missed her education & she was very talented at art. I would have liked to know what her life would have been like if she had been given a choice.

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    • Janos K DELGANY, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Women's rights are human rights. If men could have babies (and by subsequent default, abortions), I'm sure this would never have been an issue (i.e. medically assisted termination would always have been available). Kick the church back into the middle ages where they are trying to drag anyone naive enough to listen to them and end their damaging control over important these important human rights.

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    • kaja gubic BALBRIGGAN, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      I would never like to hear that any woman died because of not being able to terminate pregnancy when her life is in danger. Woman's life is the most precious

      Please keep church hypocrites away from ruling country!

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    • Nauar Hrvacic DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's a decision to be made by the person involved not by a religion that systematically abused its children for decades. How much crap will people take until they do something?

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    • mike cooper ROME, ITALY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I am a woman and we should all have the right to choose and even in ITALY there has been an abortion law since the 1970s despite it being the CENTRE of Catholics worldwide... Ireland look forward!

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