Explained: The Referendum On The 8th Amendment
Read our plain-English guide to this referendum, the proposed legislation, on women's health, and some myth-busting.
What will happen if the referendum is passed and the 8th is repealed?
The significance of this is that any change to the constitution needs the vote of the people. Legislation can be changed by a vote of the Oireachtas.
Part 2: Women's Health Under Ireland's 8th Amendment
Part 2 explains how the 8th Amendment functions in reality, what actions doctors can take, and when.
Is Ireland a safe place to be pregnant?
Yes! Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for pregnant women. The World Health Organisation [WHO] says that Ireland has the 6th lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.
Are pregnant women refused life-saving treatment in Ireland? For example: "Will I be refused treatment if I have cancer while pregnant?"
No! Both Irish law and Medical Council guidelines state that doctors should act to save a women’s life even if doing so will certainly lead to the death of the unborn child.
Part 3: The Proposed Legislation
Exactly what's in the legislation, and it what situations abortion would be allowed under the proposed legislation. (Spoiler: it's more than you're comfortable with.)Part 3: What's In The Legislation?
Part 4: Abortion & Disability
An honest explanation of how abortion discriminates against those with disabilities.