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Petitioning An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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

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.

Letter to
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
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 exercise this right.

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 demonstrates clearly that this situation cannot be allowed to continue.

Please show leadership on this issue and introduce legislation to give effect to the X case before the end of 2012 so that Irish women do not have to wait another 20 years to access life saving abortion.

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