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.