The Green Party believes in reproductive justice – meaning the complete physical, mental, political, social, and economic well-being of pregnant people, based on the full achievement and protection of the human rights of the pregnant person. You can read our full Reproductive Rights policy here.
The Green Party recognises that the eighth amendment represents an impediment to the vindication of the rights of pregnant people and supports its removal from the Constitution of Ireland.
For us, it is important to advocate equally the right to have a child, the right not to have a child, and the right to parent children, as well as to the control of birthing options.
For those who choose to have a child or children, we support:
- Placing informed consent at the centre of maternity care services. Services must support normal birth and mother-friendly birth practices which are supported by evidence-based research and international best practice.
- Recognising that birth choice is a basic human right as declared under Article 8 of the European Court of Human Rights and the International Conference of Human Rights and Childbirth: “It is a fundamental human right for women to choose the circumstances in which they give birth, with whom and where, including a choice between hospital and home birth”.
- The adoption by hospitals of patient-centered, rights-based policies and programmes that meet the pregnant person's full health needs.
- Publicly funded primary health care services to support home birth for those who choose this option.
- Extending paternity leave to incorporate the circumstances of premature babies and provide additional financial support, where necessary, for the families of premature babies, in relation to travel and accommodation costs, so the family unit can stay together.
- Ensuring that forms and information on maternity and paternity leave and related benefits are available in all neonatal units.
- Publishing advice for all employers about how to best support parents of premature babies; and require employers to have a policy in place for supporting parents of premature babies.
- Extending flexibility of paid maternity and paternity leave, and make paid parental leave more available.
For those who choose not to have a child, we support:
- Free availability of all forms of contraception through pharmacies.
- Free GP visits related to reproductive health.
- Free, safe and legal access to medical treatments for pregnant people, including:
- Lawful terminations up to and including 12 weeks’ gestation without restriction.
- Lawful terminations after 12 weeks’ gestation where it is recommended to do so by qualified medical practitioners, subject to the Medical Council.
- Recognition under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 of those professionals who provide counselling services for pregnant people and people who have had a termination, and the making of new criminal offences where such counselling is provided without relevant accreditation and oversight.
- Post-Termination Counselling for all people who wish to avail of it, to be reimbursed by the State.
To promote better education relating to sex, sexuality and reproduction, we support making all elements of the Relationships and Sexuality section of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum mandatory, including information about contraception, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections, consent, sexual orientation and relationships and parenting, including active fathering.