The Supreme Court recently ruled that the right to life in the 8th Amendment is the only right unborn babies have under the Irish Constitution. So if the 8th Amendment is removed, unborn babies will have no constitutional rights whatsoever.
That is the shocking reality.
The State’s case made no distinction about the stage of development of the unborn, whether it was just after conception or just before delivery. The unborn child concerned in the Supreme Court case was just 20 days away from birth.
Had the Court found that unborn babies enjoy other constitutional rights than the right to life, or had this question remained uncertain, any abortion legislation passed in the event of the removal of the 8th Amendment might have been vulnerable to legal challenge. The Court’s recent decision makes that almost impossible. The referendum in May will be an “all or nothing” vote for the rights of unborn babies.