What will people be voting on in the referendum?

In the referendum people will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to removing Article 40.3.3 (‘the 8th Amendment’) from the Constitution and replacing it with a new text: ‘Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies’.Read More »

What is the 8th Amendment, and why does it matter?

The ‘8th Amendment’ is the name usually given to Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution. This introduces a near absolute ban on abortion in Ireland. It allows abortion as a last resort only where a woman’s life is at risk. Because it is part of the Constitution, it is not possible for the Oireachtas to introduce a law that would allow abortion in other cases (e.g. rape, serious risk to health). Such a law would be unconstitutional and struck down by the courts. In order to reform abortion law in Ireland the 8th Amendment must be repealed. This can only be achieved by a referendum.Read More »