Please don’t change your constitution. Think about all those many human beings alive and flourishing today because your country defended the right to life of those in the womb. In fact, a conservative estimate is 100,000 people – alive in Ireland today thanks to the 8th Amendment, as calculated between 1994 and 2014.
Beware the slippery slope. This is often derided as a so-called “logical fallacy” but there is hard evidence to back-up the warning: look at England and Wales. Abortion was introduced there in 1967 under the Abortion Act. At the time, the abortion rate was 1 in 40 pregnancies. Within five years, it had jumped to 1 in 7. Today, it’s a staggering 1 in 5. Moreover, campaigners are pushing for further liberalisation, removing the need for a doctor to consent and making pills that would terminate a pregnancy available for women at home. Some – particularly those providers who benefit financially from performing the surgery – even argue for no restrictions whatsoever.
Ireland, please do not allow the life of a defenceless child to be ended at precisely the time and place where they should be safest. Please vote to treasure and safeguard life.