We the undersigned call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution so that full reproductive health services, including abortion, can be made available in line with best medical practice, international human rights norms and the will of the majority of people in Ireland.

The Eighth Amendment equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death.

This archaic and dangerous law:

- infringes on the human rights of women in Ireland and goes against international human rights norms
- denies access to basic health care, forcing over 154,000 to travel overseas to obtain an abortion since 1980 [1]
- criminalises those who self-administer abortion pills in Ireland
- maintains a false and medically dangerous distinction between risk to health and risk to life
- discriminates against those who cannot travel to obtain abortions
- does not reflect present public opinion in Ireland[2]

[1] http://www.ifpa.ie/Hot-Topics/Abortion/Statistics
[2] http://www.irishtimes.com/news/poll-suggests-strong-support-for-proposed-legislation-1.1426365

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