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Removal of Eighth Amendment essential for so-called ‘hard cases’ – O’Reilly

20 May, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for the party’s referendum campaign Louise O’Reilly has said that the repeal of the Eighth Amendment is the only way to effectively and compassionately deal with the so-called ‘hard cases’.

The Dublin Fingal TD said that, when faced with cases such as rape or incest, the Eighth Amendment simply caused more harm than good.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The Eighth Amendment is a danger to women. There are no ifs or buts about that. We have seen too many tragic cases from Miss X to Miss P to quibble about whether or not the Eighth should be maintained. It cannot and should not exist within our constitution.

“When it comes to the so-called ‘hard cases’, or to describe them in their true sense, traumatic and life altering events for women, their partners, and their families, the Eighth Amendment has caused pain, further trauma, and has even cost lives. For the traumatised victim of rape, for the devastated pregnant woman who is suffering a miscarriage and is at risk of sepsis, there can be no other solution than the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and guaranteed access to healthcare. Anything else is merely an exacerbation of the trauma they have already experienced.

“Irish women have been failed by the Eighth Amendment and any attempt to build another framework in the restrictive environment it creates will only fail them further.

“Ireland cannot be a place where women’s right to healthcare is weighed against any other factor. Women must be able to have confidence in their ability to receive the care and treatment they need. We need to vote Yes to ensure this right.” 

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