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Despite abortion now being legal in the Republic of Ireland, the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 means many people will still have to travel to Britain to access abortion care.This is the view of Galway Pro-Choice, which has noted that if a pregnancy exceeds 12 weeks (10 weeks gestation) and there is no risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, of the pregnant person, an abortion will not currently be permitted.
The ballot paper asks us: do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the 36th Amendment of the Constitution Bill?
The issue at the heart of this referendum is whether we are going to introduce abortion-on-demand.
On Monday the Minister for Health Simon Harris reaffirmed that the penalty for taking abortion pills will remain at 14 years' imprisonment unless there is a Yes vote in tomorrow's referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Tomorrow we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to vote to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. At this point, we have all seen the posters and viral videos; we have received leaflets; and had conversations with friends and strangers. Tomorrow, it will be time to vote. If you have not yet decided how you will vote, I urge you to vote Yes. Let me explain why.
On May 25 we will be asked to completely remove the right to life of babies in the womb from the Irish Constitution. Why? To allow the Government to introduce abortion on demand into Irish hospitals and GP clinics. The Government want to legalise unrestricted abortion in the first three months of pregnancy and abortion up to six months on grounds including “mental health”, which in Britain means abortion on demand. Abortion will be allowed up to birth if the baby has a life limiting condition.
Campaign group Together for Yes launched their nationwide tour last Sunday in Athlone.