New Independent NUI Seanad candidate, Ber Grogan, today reiterated the need for Safe Access Zones around providers of abortion services, saying that they are an absolute necessity. Since January 1st 2019, abortion services have been available in some parts of Ireland and there have already been some issues with the roll-out of provision. Reports of data breaches in some hospitals is extremely worrying and the presence of anti-choice protestors outside Drogheda Hospital recently shows how important Safe Access Zone legislation is.
Speaking about the ‘Be Here For Me’ presentation in Leinster House on February 6th, which was in opposition to Safe Access Zone legislation, Ber said:
“I believe that pregnant people who are choosing to access abortion services should be treated with dignity and that their private, personal choices should be respected. I do not believe that any pregnant person arriving at their medical practitioner for a consultation or procedure should be subjected to judgement from strangers on whether they are ‘conflicted’ or not. People choosing abortion will have reached that private decision in their own way and will have spoken to medical professionals about their options.”
Ber launched her campaign in December 2018, is a first-time, independent candidate and is running on a platform of equality and fairness. She is running on the NUI Panel and has been urging eligible voters to register before the deadline of February 26th if they want to have NUI Senators who represent their values and ideals. Her priorities include Housing and Homelessness, Education, Animal Welfare and ensuring that abortion legislation and access is improved in the next Seanad term.
“I believe that NUI graduates are progressive, modern, empathetic voters and we have seen what we can do when we work together to change the status quo. With the help of NUI graduates, I plan to bring that progressive attitude, that empathy and passion, to Seanad Éireann. As a woman who has travelled for abortion care, I know that it is a decision never taken lightly. I want to be another voice for repealers in Seanad Éireann – one with personal experience of something that we have been debating for many years now. We have finally gotten rid of the 8th amendment and now we must ensure that abortion access legislation and any supporting legislation needed are fit for purpose; that our laws allow for free, safe, legal, local abortion and that no-one is being judged on how ‘conflicted’ they are. It couldn’t be easier to register to vote. Simply log on to http://www.nui.ie/elections/seanad-register.asp before 26th February to make sure you’re on the register,” she added.