‘Com­pas­sion­ate care’

The Sligo Champion - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor,

On May 25 th, we will be asked to re­move or re­tain the 8th amend­ment of our Con­sti­tu­tion. The lat­est opin­ion polls in­di­cate that many peo­ple re­main un­de­cided and con­fused about how to vote. Per­haps the fol­low­ing will help: -

•If you be­lieve that the Con­sti­tu­tion is not the cor­rect place to leg­is­late for re­pro­duc­tive health care – Vote Yes

•If you do not be­lieve that an em­bryo or foe­tus has the ex­act same right to life as a fully grown and func­tion­ing woman - Vote Yes

•If you feel that it is not ac­cept­able for a preg­nant woman to be taken to court if she doesn’t agree with her preg­nancy care plan - Vote Yes

•If you think that it is not okay for a preg­nant woman to be de­nied treat­ment for a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion - Vote Yes •If you think that a woman should not be forced to con­tinue a preg­nancy she doesn’t want or does not have the ca­pac­ity to cope with - Vote Yes

•If you feel that it is not okay for women to pro­cure il­le­gal abor­tion pills on-line and to take these with­out med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion – Vote Yes

•If you think that it is not ac­cept­able for Ir­ish women to con­tinue to ac­cess abor­tion ser­vices abroad – Vote Yes •If you be­lieve that a woman should not be de­nied the choice to end a preg­nancy where the foe­tus has no chance of sur­viv­ing – Vote Yes

•If you feel it is not okay that a 12-year-old child has to re­main preg­nant and give birth to her rapist’s baby – Vote Yes

If the 8th amend­ment stays in the con­sti­tu­tion, the sit­u­a­tions above will con­tinue to be a re­al­ity for every girl or woman who is preg­nant in Ire­land. Vot­ing Yes will re­move the 8th amend­ment and al­low the Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion.

This will en­sure that women and girls in Ire­land can ac­cess com­pas­sion­ate care in their own coun­try.

If even one of the above sit­u­a­tions is un­ac­cept­able to you – please vote Yes. With­out a Yes vote, noth­ing can change.

For your daugh­ter, your friends, your sis­ter - for all the women in your life - Vote Yes to re­move the 8th.


Áine NÍ Fhearcháin Cairns Road Sligo Dear Edi­tor,

Pro-choice does not mean Pro-abor­tion. It means that while you may not agree with abor­tion or think it is some­thing you or your part­ner would ever do, you un­der­stand that other peo­ple are in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances to you and that these women and fam­i­lies do not make this de­ci­sion lightly.

Re­gards, Lorna Forde Sligo

Many peo­ple re­main un­de­cided re­gard­ing the up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum.

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