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

Evarado Alatorre
May 22, 2018

Ireland will hold a national referendum May 25 on whether to repeal the amendment.

Dr Martin spoke out as it was revealed there had been an "unprecedented" surge in voter registrations ahead of Friday's referemdum on the Eighth Amendment - the law that effectively makes abortion illegal.

The leader of the SDLP has said he supports a "yes" vote in the upcoming Irish abortion referendum.

"The Eighth Amendment is the only legal protection that the unborn now have under the Irish Constitution".

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Beyond 12 weeks abortions would only be permitted where there is a risk to a woman's life or of serious harm to the physical or mental health of a woman, up until the 24th week of pregnancy.

She added: "It is a sad day. when Northern Ireland has lost a pro-life party and when members of that party, including the party leader, have been so quick to call for the removal of all rights from the unborn child in the Republic of Ireland". Their babies' lives are precious, to be loved, valued and protected.

"I was given a card with a number on it in order to protect your identity", says one such woman Cathy, who paid £400 for her surgical abortion in a Manchester clinic.

The Irish Times/MRBI poll found 44 percent in favor of repeal, and 32 percent opposed.

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