Author: Ann Maples
The 8th amendment was voted into the Irish constitution by a referendum in 1983.
The amendment states ‘The states acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’ The amendment equates the life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus and has created an unworkable distinction between a pregnant woman’s life and her health.
The Abortion rights campaign and pro-choice coalitions are calling for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.
I went out on Campus in coolock and asked a few students this week what they think about the 8th amendment.