This Friday, May 25th, Ireland will hold a referendum on whether or not they should repeal their Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment of Ireland’s Constitution says, “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”  

Ireland is one of the most pro-life countries in the world. and it should stay that way.  The government’s role is to defend its citizens’ rights, and the most important of those rights is the right to life.  Without it, nothing else matters. I am an advocate for limited government, but I also believe that the government does have a purpose, and by refusing to defend the lives of the most vulnerable, the government is not doing its job.

The Repeal the 8th movement claims that the 8th Amendment is anti-woman and that if pro-lifers really cared about women, they would let them do what they want with their bodies.  This could not be further from the truth. Almost everyone in the Western world agrees that women should have the right to do what they want with their own bodies. The problem with this argument is that an unborn child is not part of the mother’s body.  They are a separate person with their own unique DNA.  No one has the right to kill another human being, and that is exactly what abortion does.

If anything, repealing the 8th Amendment would be anti-woman.  Abortion not only kills a child; it can potentially harm the mother.  It can cause PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.  64% of post-abortive women have claimed to be pressured to abort their child; 65% have reported having PTSD; there is a 154% higher risk of suicide in post-abortive women than woman who have not had abortions, and the risk of future miscarriages increases by 60% after having an abortion.  Abortion is not safe, and there are so many risks for it to hurt the mother.

The Repeal the 8th movement is very dangerous to Irish society.  As the movement grows, respect for human life declines which harms everyone.  Mother Teresa once said, “If we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”  She makes an excellent point. The unborn are human beings, so if people believe that it is acceptable to kill an unborn child, what is stopping them from justifying killing a child that has been born?  The potential repeal of the 8th Amendment is dangerous, but the Repeal the 8th movement which is changing how society views life is dangerous as well. Even if the 8th Amendment is not repealed this Friday, it is still important to educate others on the value of human life since this lack of respect for life hurts society, even if it is not the law.

Hopefully, Ireland makes the right choice this week to save the 8th Amendment!

Rose L