07.01.2017: “Nonsensical to expect Citizens’ Assembly to consider all 13,000 submissions over three weekends,” says PLC

07.01.2017: “Nonsensical to expect Citizens’ Assembly to consider all 13,000 submissions over three weekends,” says PLC

07.01.2017: “Nonsensical to expect Citizens’ Assembly to consider all 13,000 submissions over three weekends,” says PLC

 
 
 
 
The Pro Life Campaign has expressed concern that the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion will have just three weekends to consider all 13,000 submissions it received from the public, before making recommendations to the Oireachtas on the 8th Amendment. 
 
In a statement today, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson, Cora Sherlock said: “With the current time frame, there is no way the Assembly will have the time needed to take an exhaustive look at the issue, including looking at all that is positive about the 8th Amendment and the lives it has unquestionably saved.” 
 
She continued: “It’s not the fault of Assembly members or its Chairperson that the time is so short. They were given an impossible task by the Government from the outset and this was compounded by certain government ministers subsequently demanding and succeeding to have the work of the Assembly concluded even earlier.
 
“It is nonsensical to expect the Assembly to consider all 13,000 submissions over a weekend or two and then report back to the Oireachtas with well argued and carefully considered recommendations. It simply won’t happen.”
 
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