THERE ARE now just eleven days left until one of the most historic referendums in Irish history.
Article 40.3.3, placed in the Irish Constitution by referendum in 1983 is to be voted on by the citizens of Ireland on May 25th.
The Eighth amendment which states "The states acknowledge the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right." currently equates the life of a pregnant person with the life of the foetus inside them.
The amendment has come into controversy due to the deaths of Savita Halappanavar and Michelle Harte among many more who have suffered and even lost their lives due to Ireland's inability to provide abortion services to the people of the state.
Irish author Marian Keyes, president of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald and many more have added their reasons for why they're voting yes to repeal the eighth amendment on May 25th, using the hashtag #WhoNeedsYourYes, which is currently trending in Ireland.
#WhoNeedsYourYes focuses on the person the Yes side are voting for, with many citing the awful circumstances they've been through due to the operation of the eighth amendment in Ireland.
For every woman and young girl in Ireland who might have a crisis pregnancy, I'm voting YES on May 25th so they won't have to travel or take illegal pills without medical care #WhoNeedsYourYes
— Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) May 13, 2018
— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) May 13, 2018
My YES vote will be for the 9 women who leave our country every single day to access termination abroad, for the 3 women every day in Ireland who take illegal abortion pills without medical supervision & for those in @TFMRIRE who highlighted the need for change #WhoNeedsYourYes
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 13, 2018
#WhoNeedsYourYes I'm voting yes for Savita, for Ann Lovett, for Miss X and Miss Y, for those who bleed in airports, for those that order pills, for those that run underground networks to help others access help. And for myself. I need it too.
— Lin Diesel (@Bubblenoma) May 13, 2018
I am #Together4yes for my daughters, and yours. That no man will ever have to drag them away from their dead baby, as I had to with @BrennanGaye.
I will stand with them forever!#WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/rt5KX78xLP
— Gerry Edwards (@gerryheed) May 13, 2018
— Sarah Clarkin (@SarahClarkin) May 13, 2018
My Yes is for my sister, who delivered this bundle of joy in January. If she is pregnant again I want her doctors to be able to provide whatever care she needs #WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/fV7KDcedqz
— Peter Tanham (@PeterTanham) May 13, 2018
My ‘Yes’ is for my partner, @hoeyannie.
I couldn’t imagine her feeling trapped by her own body while the Eighth Amendment exists. Doctors can’t be caring or compassionate towards women like her, and that needs to stop now #WhoNeedsYourYes #Together4Yes pic.twitter.com/oHa5fDgm7r
— Daniel Waugh (@DanMWaugh) May 13, 2018
My yes is for Aishling, my daughter, my teacher. I never imagined I would have a baby with no chance at life. I never knew how many of us out there live with this grief. We all deserve support & compassion. #WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/W6nCsxSN1x
— Annie Roche (@anyciar) May 13, 2018