The National Women's Council of Ireland, the largest representative organisation for women in Ireland, has launched a campaign advocating the removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.

The 'Every Woman' campaign calls for legislation that will allow for the availability of abortion in early pregnancy for all women.

The council says this would allow for early abortion care on the basis of need, including in the case of rape or incest, and allow medical professionals to care for women in an appropriate medical setting in Ireland.

The campaign aims to move away from the themes of rights and choice, and focus on women's health needs and the reality of their lives.

Director of the NWCI, Orla O'Connor, said: "The complexity of healthcare decisions has no place in the constitution.

"Where a wanted pregnancy turns into a crisis pregnancy at a later stage in pregnancy, we advocate for legislation that would allow for restricted access to abortion where it is considered medically necessary to protect the mental and physical health of the woman, and where there is a non-viable pregnancy."

Speakers at the launch of the campaign included Sonya Lennon, designer and businesswoman; Alison Cowzer, businesswoman and investor on Dragon's Den, and Suzy Byrne, disability rights activist.