Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment response to Cabinet meeting on the Eighth Amendment

‘A momentous point in our campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment’

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment welcomes the Cabinet’s agreement to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Commenting in reaction to the Cabinet meeting, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said: “We welcome the Cabinet’s formal agreement this evening to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment and the Taoiseach’s announcement that he will be campaigning to repeal the eighth. This is a momentous point in our campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

“Since its establishment, the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment has advocated for straightforward deletion of the Eighth Amendment as we believe that the Constitution is not the place to regulate reproductive healthcare. In the 35 years since its insertion, the Amendment has proved to be legally confusing, medically unworkable and profoundly detrimental to women’s lives, health, and well-being.

“It is the Government’s intention to propose new wording for insertion in the Constitution, which would explicitly empower the Oireachtas to legislate for the provision of abortion in Ireland. It is our view that given the historically complicated nature of debate on the issue in Ireland, the Government has an obligation to explain the reasons for inserting a new ‘enabling clause’ in the Constitution in the clearest possible terms.

“Tonight’s announcement is a real step forward to repealing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. We look forward to seeing the full details of what is proposed by the Cabinet and to giving it our full consideration. We urge the Government to lose no time in setting a firm date for the holding of the referendum”

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