Powerful campaign by UCC students calls for the 8th Amendment to be repealed

Report: Motley Staff

This Tuesday, April 12th 2016, UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) launched the ‘Citizens of the 8th’ campaign to call on the government to repeal the 8th Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann by highlighting the impact that it has on Irish women.

The campaign aims to call attention to the State’s negligence in protecting the reproductive rights of women and trans* men.

Above: an image from UCCSU's 'Citizens of the 8th' campaign.
Above: an image from UCCSU’s ‘Citizens of the 8th’ campaign.

In November 2015 a campus-wide referendum calling on UCCSU to campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment passed by over 84%.

Speaking at the launch of ‘Citizens of the 8th’, UCCSU Deputy & Campaigns Officer-elect Kate Moriarty said: “We want to demonstrate how the constitutional ban to safe abortion services in Ireland is isolating and ostracising a significant section of Irish society. As a society, it’s not acceptable to force our citizens abroad in order to avail of their human right to bodily autonomy.”

UCCSU joins Students’ Unions across Ireland in calling on all politicians and political parties to commit to holding a referendum on the 8th Amendment during the next Dáil.

James Upton, current UCCSU Deputy President & Campaigns Officer, stated: “the campaign uses  the image of Bunreacht na hÉireann to convey this country’s shackling constitutional policy and the impact it is having on the Republic.”

Upton further stated, “repealing the 8th Amendment will allow for a legislative environment that can deliver comprehensive reform to reproductive rights in Ireland.”