100,000 LIVES SAVED BY THE 8th AMENDMENT

A recent independently produced actuarial report compared the number of Irish women who travel abroad to avail of abortion, to abortion rates in other EU countries. It concluded that the 8th Amendment has saved at least 100,000 lives in the last two decades. That’s 1 in every 50 people in Ireland or the population of Co. Kilkenny.

When examined closely, the call for repeal of the 8th Amendment is an extremely radical proposal. Usually referendums add protection to human rights. Repeal of the 8th Amendment, however, would strip the unborn child of all meaningful protections.

What is the 8th Amendment?