Friday February 21, 2020

Claims, Counter Claims and the 8th Amendment

As the abortion referendum approaches, the debate is likely to intensify around certain hotly-disputed claims made by campaigners. Here we clarify the facts

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

29th April, 2018

Proponents of abortion rights talk about zygotes,embryos and foetuses. Opponents of abortion talk about dead babies. Next month Irish people will vote on liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws which, together with those of Andorra and Malta, are the strictest in Europe.

Campaigners for a Yes vote say they are confident that the Eighth Amendment, which was inserted into the Constitution in 1983 and guarantees the equal right to life of the unborn and...

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