Sunday 18 February 2018

Alex White: The Eighth Amendment will never be repealed - unless Labour is in power

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Alex White

I campaigned against the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in 1983, and I look forward to the day it is repealed. It prevents Ireland from having a humane framework to deal with tragic cases, such as the pregnant women whose babies have been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

It has created a constitutional morass that doesn't even deliver what its advocates said they wanted. Worse, the amendment endangers the health and well-being of Irish women.

But we shouldn't make the assumption that achieving a repeal of the Eighth will be easy.

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