Yes and No groups react to poll result

Paula Dennan
John Joe Culloty

THE Kerry Together for Yes organisation has described the emphatic Yes vote in the Eighth Amendment Referendum as a vote for care, compassion and change for pregnant people in Ireland.

Paula Dennan, Kerry Together for Yes convener, said the result of the poll and the “overwhelming” Yes vote shows that the people of Kerry are compassionate.

“They understand there is no one size fits all approach for women and their families. They understand the Eighth Amendment is not fit for purpose and they voted to have that compassion reflected in our abortion laws,” she said.

Paul Bowler, Kerry Together for Yes spokesperson, said great credit for the result must go to the people who, with trepidation, knocked on thousands of doors across the county.

“This group of mainly women, with no political background, braved abuse and apathy in pursuit of their human rights,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Kerry Right To Life movement has described the referendum result as “a dark and sad day”.

“Abortion is evil. It is a crime and can never be justified. We will continue to stand up for life,” a statement read.

It added: “As a group of nurses, midwives, doctors, lawyers, students and ordinary people, we will continue to actively support and care for those who find themselves considering abortion”.

Kerry Right to Life, chaired by Cllr John Joe Culloty, added: “We stand for real compassion, compassion that does not kill but seeks to protect and support”.

“We thank the people of Kerry who gave us incredible support and for their witness in defence of the unborn. The government’s proposed legislation will not help women – it will just destroy thousands of innocent lives”.

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