Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lead for Repeal of Ireland's Pro-Life Amendment Narrows

Lead for Repeal of Ireland's Pro-Life Amendment Narrows

The Irish passed the constitutional amendment in 1983 as a safeguard against a court legalizing abortion on demand.

However he said he does not support proposed unrestricted access to terminations up to 12 weeks gestation. "Both lives deserve protection from the tragedy. of abortion".

On Friday, voters will decide whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which dictates that.

Pro-life group LIFE Northern Ireland said it is concerned by Mr Eastwood's comments.

"I would be pro-life, but I understand that there are very hard situations that families and doctors have been put in because of the restrictions in the law and I for one want to see people's lives made easier around that", Mr Eastwood told BBC News NI.

Mr Eastwood was speaking after his party voted to allow its members a free conscience vote on all abortion related matters and insisted he is "pro-life".

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Repeal advocates argue that women should be allowed to make their own choices; they should not need to travel for a termination, or face the risks associated with abortion pills; no-one should be forced to carry a baby with a "fatal foetal abnormality" or conceived as a result of rape; a liberalised approach to abortion is part of the same social change that saw Ireland back same-sex marriage.

A statement released by Bishop Leo O'Reilly, the Bishop of Kilmore said: "For the sake of women and unborn children, and for the sake of our common humanity, I believe very strongly we should keep the Eighth Amendment".

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has said that to be against abortion is not simply "a Catholic thing".

His words come just days before the country will vote on a referendum to repeal or retain the Eighth Amendment, with a recent Irish Times opinion poll illustrating a slight decrease in support for the Yes vote. The right to life is a fundamental that is non-negotiable for humans.

"The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right".

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