A record-breaking crowd of nearly 100,000 people gathered in Dublin, united by one goal—save the Eighth.
Introduced in 1983, the Eighth Amendment grants equal right to life for the unborn child and the pregnant woman. This amendment to the Irish Constitution is the country’s last remaining protection for the unborn.
The Republic of Ireland has a near total ban on abortion, making it one of Europe’s strictest concerning abortion laws. Abortion was permitted for the first time in 1983 under certain conditions—when the life of the woman is at risk.
But the Irish cabinet has now agreed to a referendum on whether to keep or replace the Eighth Amendment in total.
If the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution, the government will aim to prohibit late-term abortions except in the case of fatal fetal abnormalities, The Irish Times reported.
Ireland is at a defining point in its history, said Niamh Uí Bhriain of Life Institute’s “Save the 8th” campaign. “We are challenging the people to reject the abortion industry and to demand a better answer for mothers and babies.”
The referendum will be held on May 25.