Your Questions on the Referendum

The 8th Amendment means that abortion is illegal in Ireland even where the pregnancy places a woman’s health at serious risk, in cases of rape or incest, or where the foetus is likely to die before or shortly after birth.

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The referendum will ask us if we want to remove the 8th Amendment from the Constitution by approving the 36th Amendment.

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If we vote Yes, we will be able to change our laws so that we can provide care in Ireland for women in Ireland.

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If we vote no, the harmful impact of the 8th Amendment will continue and put women’s lives and health at risk.

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The 8th Amendment had a direct impact on women’s health and lives. It was a contributing factor in the death of Savita Halappanavar who died in hospital in 2012.

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Regulated abortion available up until 12 weeks will provide for necessary and compassionate care for a woman who has a crisis pregnancy, such as a woman made pregnant as the result of rape.

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Accessing to abortion pills from online providers is increasing rapidly. This is a public health issue that we cannot ignore.

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Doctors in Ireland every day fight to preserve life, including foetal life, but the problem with the 8th is that it gets the balance completely wrong. If a medical problem develops during pregnancy a doctor cannot act to protect the health and wellbeing of the pregnant woman unless her life is at real and substantial risk.

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No. Up to 12 weeks the proposed Irish law will be different to British law as it does not require a particular indication for an abortion. Contrary to British law, Irish law will also require people to wait for 72 hours  before having an abortion in the first 12 weeks.

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No. The government’s proposals indicate very clear limits: abortion will not be permitted once foetal viability is reached. Providing an abortion once a foetus is viable will be a crime.

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Disability will not be a ground for abortion. Voting Yes will not change the current situation.

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Currently if a woman pregnant from rape or incest decides to have an abortion, she must travel to the UK or Europe to access abortion services.

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At the moment no. If a medical problem develops during pregnancy, a doctor has to put the well-being of the foetus before the health and well-being of the pregnant woman.

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This referendum is not about whether we want abortion in Ireland. It is already a reality here. It is about regulating abortion, making it safe and care for women who need it.

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The referendum will take place on Friday, 25th May. The polling stations will be open from 7 am to 10 pm. You do not need your polling card to vote.You must bring a valid form of personal identification, such as a passport or driving licence, with you when you go to vote.

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