THERE has been an overwhelming response from Limerick people volunteering to act as escorts to local women availing of abortion services.
Fears of anti-abortion protests have prompted one of the steering group of the ’Lawyers for Choice” campaign to explore providing a voluntary escort service for women under the banner of ‘Siúl Liom’.
Among the first of the many to reply to her Tweet about the plan were a stream of Limerick people, including one pregnant woman, all of whom offered to be escorts for women walking to and from services which involve termination of pregnancy.
Limerick’s Maternity Hospital was among the first of the country’s hospitals to say they were ready to accept referrals for pregnancy termination when the new legislation came into being on January 1.
Lawyers for Choice steering group member, Sandra Duffy, said the ‘Siúl Liom’ initiative is her own rather than that of Lawyers for Choice members, but the group is “supportive” of it she told the Limerick Post.
“This is at the very early stages as yet and I put out the tweet to see if we could put together a network of support,” she said.
Ms Duffy, confirmed that there was a groundswell of support from Limerick, with offers rolling in to help women have safe passage in the event of protests being staged.