Right to Choose Motion Remitted to Executive

8 Jul 2009

Delegates to BDC 09 have voted by 222 to 109 to remit back to the Executive Council a motion on a woman's Right to Choose.

The move to remit back was agreed by the proposers of the motion - Belfast & District Trades' Council - following a request from the Executive, represented by Anne Speed (SIPTU).

Motion 30 had called for Congress to support and campaign with other pro-choice groups to achieve rights to terminate a pregnancy "similar to those provided in the UK by the 1967 Abortion Act...and by other member countries of the European Union."

When an initial show of hands failed to clarify the matter, a card vote was called for and showed a majority of 222 to 109 in favour of remission.

On Day Two delegates also debated and approved motions on the Rights of People with Disabilities (Motion 31), Quality of Life for Older People (29), Equality (26 & 28), the Pay Gap (27) and Equal Opportunities for Same Sex Couples (32).