As the vote draws near public will decide
ON Friday 25 th May 2018, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland.
What are we being asked to vote for exactly?
The Referendum Commission website says we will be asked to vote yes or no to a proposed change to our Constitution about the regulation of termination of pregnancy, ie abortion.
The change is as follows: Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution means that it is lawful for a pregnancy to be terminated only where the pregnancy poses a real and substantive risk to the life of the mother. This includes a risk of suicide.
On May 25 th we are being asked if we agree or disagree with removing this Article from the Constitution and to insert in its place: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”
The laws on abortion will then be decided by politicians (the Oireachtas) afterwards if a ‘Yes’ vote is returned.
Article 40.3.3 was inserted in 1983 giving equal rights to life to both the mother and the unborn baby.
For more information see www.refcom2018.ie