Referendum on the Eighth Amendment
This is a resource for thinking about how to vote in the May 25threferendum.
We are not providing arguments for one side or the other or both, but trying instead to construct an ethical framework for the discussion.
To what extent is this an issue where we should use rational argument?
What should we do about the powerful feelings that the topic provokes in us?
We try to say something about the kinds of arguments offered in support of the yes/no answers, and to cast a spotlight on the grounds and criteria that can be used to settle the question. It is a very emotive issue and many people feel it very personally.
The UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL), regardless of the specific views of its members, is considering the debate from a reflective distance. We appreciate that this, in itself, might seem offensive to some people, but we believe that the approach is in line with the role that CEPL can play in Irish public life.
Prof Rowland Stout - Director of UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL)
(emails to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Understanding the Arguments
We have drawn up a flowchart to help organise and make clear all the reasons people give for or against Repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
Articles by Centre members
Ethical arguments for access to abortion services in the Republic of Ireland: recent developments in the public discourse.
One of the Centre's members is an author of an article that came out this week, giving an overview about how discussions about the termination of pregnancy has changed in Ireland in recent times, and about how Ireland's has now gotten to the stage of having a referendum.
Resources for Voters
We will be adding more resources as they are produced by members of our Centre up to the referendum itself on May 25th.