IRELAND’S ABORTION REFERENDUM SHOWS AMERICA: CHOICE IS A WINNING STRATEGY

Victory in Ireland makes clear: "it's time to stop treating abortion like a live wire"

National prochoice organization #VOTEPROCHOICE's co-founder Heidi Sieck issued the following statement after reports that voters overwhelmingly supported the repeal of Ireland’s 8th Amendment:

“Today’s victory for choice in Ireland makes clear: voters are deeply motivated to cast their ballots for a woman’s right to choose. Here in the U.S, 70 percent of Americans support a woman’s right to choose. Yet many on the Left mistakenly treat abortion like a live wire — vital and necessary in the world we live in, but best not to touch. As we just witnessed in Ireland, when given the opportunity to support choice, voters will cross continents to demand control over their own bodies. Ireland’s triumphant vote for choice sends a clear signal to Democrats across the country: we can and must put reproductive freedom front and center in races up and down the ballot this year.  America is a prochoice nation—it’s time we start acting like one.”

Voters are ignited to action by choice:

  • Recent voter behavior research developed by #VOTEPROCHOICE partner National Institute for Reproductive Health revealed that when voters are informed of the threats against reproductive rights in their community, they are ignited into action.

Reproductive freedom is under attack in the United States:

  • Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, reproductive rights have been losing ground on every front.

  • In 2017 alone, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access.

  • States have enacted 401 abortion restrictions since January 2011.

  • The last seven years account for 34% of the 1,193 abortion restrictions enacted by states since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade.

  • 58% of American women of reproductive age now live in a state considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.

About #VOTEPROCHOICE: #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the seventy-percent of American voters who are prochoice with essential information to vote prochoice in every election. Our reproductive freedom is under attack — so we’re building an army of prochoice candidates and voters to fight back. We provide the nation’s prochoice majority with voting information to vote prochoice in every election. We support prochoice champions in critical races where reproductive rights are at stake.