Repeal the 8th Amendment

We will campaign in support of removing the 8th Amendment from the Constitution.

The 8th Amendment (Article 40.3.3) was inserted into the Irish Constitution in 1983. Its immediate effect was to make it impossible for any meaningful or responsive legislation to address the issue without a referendum taking place. As a result of this amendment, later codified in the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, a woman is not allowed to avail of an abortion unless her life is deemed to be in immediate risk.

There is a pressing need to introduce a modern legislative regime. We support the urgent holding of a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in as short a timeframe as possible; but at the latest within 18 months of the general election. Within that period, we support the holding of a people’s convention, the publishing of draft legislation (based on the recommendations of this convention) that would come into effect if the 8th Amendment was abolished, and the holding of a referendum on the removal of the 8th Amendment from the Constitution.

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