We stand with our Irish sisters today, as across Ireland voters will decide if they want to repeal the eighth amendment of the country's constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of both mother and unborn child.
The #Repealthe8th movement recognises the importance of autonomy and human rights in deciding to terminate pregnancies that are life-threatening, a product of rape or incest, etc. etc. etc.
As said by sali Hughes for The Pool: "Abortion in Ireland exists. The government, Church and people know it. Abortion is not only an ideological and moral issue, but an ever-present public-health issue. In voting Yes to repeal the Eighth, people won’t be voting for abortions to happen. They already do happen, while a country looks the other way. People are not even being asked to approve of abortion, or to seek an abortion, or even to think it’s right. They’re being asked to allow women in crisis to make their own decisions, to have autonomy over their own bodies, to not have to suffer the trauma of carrying a dying baby, or a rapist’s baby, or a relative’s baby, or one that is desperately unwell, or causing serious mental or physical unwellness to its mother, and end her pregnancy before the 12th week. They’re being asked to acknowledge the basic human right of the many thousands of Irish women already obtaining abortions to be safe, healthy and at home where they belong. None of this is possible without the removal from Ireland’s constitution of the Eighth Amendment. Any other outcome will be to Ireland’s eternal shame."
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