On Friday 25 May, the people of the Republic of Ireland shall vote in a referendum on whether to keep or repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which makes abortion illegal in all but exceptional circumstances.
The Eighth Amendment ‘acknowledges the right to life of the unborn’ child as being equal to that of the mother. If the vote to change this wins, politicians would be given the right to decide at what point the life of the unborn child could be ended.
This referendum comes after a bill to give the Irish people a vote on the matter was passed through the Seanad (Irish Senate) by 40 votes to 10.
In February, a UN body opined that the right of the unborn child to live is ‘violence against women that may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
This statement disregarded that right to life, and the repealing of the Eighth Amendment would do so evermore.