Life is deeply disappointed at today’s vote to remove the only protection for the unborn in the Irish constitution.
Life spokesperson Marion Woods said, “This is a sad and dark day for the Republic of Ireland. We have always believed that the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution was an effective law that valued and protected all lives in pregnancy, both wanted and unwanted from the moment of conception. We have always, and indeed continue to, believe that women deserve better than abortion. Now that the protection of life from fertilisation has been removed from the Irish Constitution we are gravely concerned about the path of travel which will be set in motion by the provision of abortion in Ireland.
We join with those in Ireland who are feeling the weight of this devastating result. The campaign from the “No” side was a powerful indication of how many people in Ireland do value life from conception and beyond. Unfortunately the message has been lost on many.
We are critical of the Irish Government who led the “Yes” campaign. Rather than addressing the issue of crisis pregnancy and provision of all necessary care and support structures for women, unborn babies and families in Ireland, they chose the cheaper option, abortion.
We will continue, however, to demand better than abortion for women and unborn babies because we believe that both lives matter and that life should be valued and enabled in all circumstances.”