Repeal the 8th
20 December 2017
For many years, I have campaigned for Repeal of the Eighth Amendment; ever since my student days when I was taken to court and threatened with prison by SPUC (Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child) for providing women with information on where to access abortion. Following on from the Citizens’ Assembly’s positive recommendations for a change in the constitutional provision, I have been closely following the constructive deliberations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment and working with my colleague, Jan
O’Sullivan TD, who is the Labour representative on the Committee, to ensure that we see a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment put to the people in 2018. I believe that the Constitution is no place to regulate a complex
and sensitive matter like abortion - I want to see the Eighth Amendment repealed in its entirety, so that the Oireachtas may legislate to regulate the conditions under which abortion can legally be provided in Ireland.