Currently the Eighth Amendment means that a woman has limited rights to agree to or refuse an examination or medical treatment during pregnancy.
This creates difficulties for health professionals. They may be uncertain about a woman’s right to refuse treatment if they believe this may put the pregnancy at risk.
Voting yes means there will be no conflict in law between the health of a pregnant woman and her pregnancy. Doctors will be able to treat a pregnant woman in the same way that they would treat anyone else. All women will have the right to informed consent for any treatment, examination or procedure.