The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment is meeting regularly this Autumn to report to the Government on whether or not a referendum to repeal or amend the 8th Amendment should be held.
It is essential that people who believe in protecting mother and baby in pregnancy contact the Members of this Oireachtas Committee asking that they consider the many lives saved by the Eighth Amendment and seeking fairness in the debate around this issue.
Please take a moment to send the below email to the Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment. You will receive a copy. Your telephone number will not be sent. Thank you for your support.
To: Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment
I am writing to you to outline my concern about the current debate on abortion and the deliberations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of which you are a member.
The number of people alive today thanks to the 8th Amendment is something that receives far too little attention. According to an independently produced actuarial report last year, there are, at a conservative estimate, 100,000 people alive today in Ireland as a direct result of the 8th Amendment.
This fact should be front and centre in the current debate on whether or not a referendum should be held on the 8th Amendment.
Many people openly say they owe the life of their child to the 8th Amendment. Having to travel to England meant a few extra days planning and gave them the time to think things through a bit more and decide against abortion. Today, they cannot believe they ever entertained the idea of ending the life of the son or daughter who now means the world to them.
Ireland’s life-saving 8th Amendment has served as a beacon of hope at a time when other countries legalised wide-ranging abortion. Ireland has shown it’s possible to prohibit abortion and still be a world leader in protecting the lives of pregnant women.
I urge you during the Joint Committee deliberations to give due consideration to the many families and many young men and women who live in Ireland today thanks to the 8th Amendment and to ensure that they are invited in front of the Committee to share their stories.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing from you.
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