In the following years, a debate was triggered by a series of prominent cases.
In 1992, a 14-year-old rape victim was prevented from traveling to Britain to perform an abortion. Afterwards, Irish voters passed a constitutional amendment that left the abortion ban untouched, but recognizes a woman's right to abortion outside the country.
The death of Savita Halappanavar, a native of Ireland who lived in India in 2012, gave life to the current call for change. Dr. Halappanavar was hospitalized during a miscarriage.
The doctors told her that the fetus would not survive, but because it still had a heartbeat, the medical staff initially turned down their requests for abortion. When the fetus had no heartbeat and was removed, Dr. Halappanavar sepsis, an infection she died of.
The church did not comment on the 8th constitutional referendum or campaign to keep it. Prominent Catholic organizations and theologians, however, have made their views known.
What Comes Next
If the vote aims to lift the Eighth Amendment, its current language would be replaced by the wording: Abortion Scheme. "
Bills published before the referendum would allow for relatively unlimited abortions by the 12th week of pregnancy after consultation with a doctor and a short waiting period, and after 12 weeks of pregnancy termination would be possible – up to 24 weeks – if two doctors find that Life of a woman is threatened by pregnancy or that there is a serious risk to her health.
Whatever the outcome of the vote Irish women have and would continue to receive abortions by traveling to other countries or by using pills ordered online Between 1980 and 2016, according to the UK Department of Health, nearly 170,000 women from Ireland traveled to the United Kingdom to terminate pregnancies.
Those who oppose the repeal of the eighth amendment say that women traveling abroad are [1 9459007] essentially an election procedure and that a fetus should be protected under Irish law.