Head to head: Cora Sherlock argues against repealing the eighth amendment
‘Removing constitutional protection from the unborn would result in pressure for wider abortion legislation’
No ... Anti-abortion protesters during a recent Dublin march. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Usually referendums add protection to human rights. Pro-choice campaigners, however, want a referendum to take one away – the 8th amendment, the Constitution’s only remaining protection for the unborn child.
Abortion proponents know that theirs is a minority position and that the vast majority of Irish people think that abortion on demand is abhorrent. So in order to get what they want they must chip away at the legal protection for the unborn by building a campaign around calls for abortion in situations, for example, where an unborn child has a potentially life-limiting condition.