The troubled history of the Eighth Amendment
Video: ‘Irish Times’ journalists explain what’s at stake in today’s poll
May 25, 2018
The Irish people are going to the polls today to decide the future of the Eighth Amendment of our Constitution. The issue has divided Irish society for decades in what has been an often bitter, hostile and aggressive debate.
The ban on abortion was placed in the Constitution in 1983 in a preemptive move to prevent Irish women having abortions. However, it became clear over time the Eighth Amendment did not stop Irish women accessing terminations either by travelling to the UK or taking abortion pills.