As the vote draws near public will de­cide

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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

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