What is the 8th Amendment to Ireland's Constitution?

The 8th Amendment is the amendment to the Irish Constitution that protects the rights of mothers and their babies.

Who Am I?

I am the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution.

I was conceived at a time when Western parliaments, without recourse to the people, introduced laws permitting the direct and intentional killing of unborn babies.

While these abortion laws were promoted under the guise of ‘hard cases’, it soon became the norm that abortion on demand would follow.

Powerful abortion lobbies and interests viewed Ireland as a soft touch. Because of this threat, ordinary people from all walks of life came together, and from this gathering I was conceived.

In 1983 the Irish Government was persuaded to allow the people of Ireland to vote in a referendum to amend the Constitution.

By a margin of 67% I was born.

I am article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution and I read:

“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.”

I recognise the right to life of unborn babies and “with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother” I defend and I vindicate, where practicable, the unborn’s right to life.

I demand the best medical care for both mother and unborn child; I defend the weak against the powerful; I prevent the introduction of abortion on demand; I empower the people of Ireland.

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