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The Eighth Amendment
Discussion materials

The Irish government has decided to arrange a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The discussion is going to be really difficult and this page is intended to help people form their consciences before voting.

The Eighth Amendment reads as follows:

The State 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.

(Article 40.3.3º)

For an account of how this Amendment came about, click
here.

An information page has been provided by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is chiefly factual and make be accessed
here.

The statement by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, may be accessed
here.

On the Eighth Amendment, Ireland

I am voting
NO to show true compassion for both mother AND baby.

There’s a great deal of muddied thinking going on and it seems to me that to love them both is the key. The American bishop at the royal wedding is right: love is what matters most. You can see more on my website,
tarsus.ie.

I like especially the statement of the Evangelical Alliance Ireland — it is all to do with human rights and the most fundamental right is to life itself. 

There can be no right, as such, to take life. There is a right to defend life, of course, including the mother’s. But our current proposed legislation puts the lives of all 12-week old babies in the womb needlessly at risk. It simply is not liberal to take life — on the contrary! It would be much better to make specific legislation for the truly hard cases; but the current proposals are not that at all. 

I’m not asking for likes or comments- just reflection. Kieran

Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops
Two Lives, one Love

American Jesuits 2018
Protecting the least among us (PDF)

Statement of the Church of Ireland
Statement on the proposal to repeal

Statement of the Evangelical Alliance Ireland
PDF
here.

Methodist Church in Ireland
A society in which all are valued

Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Concerns expressed

Choose Life Website

I hope to be able to include my own reflections on this website eventually. In the meantime, the statement by the EAI is certainly clear and compassionate.

A powerful read:
Birth Equality by Nick Park
Kindle edition
(£0.99) here.