Category: RepealThe8th

The Eighth Amendment is to be removed from the…

The Eighth Amendment is to be removed from the Irish constitution. 

For the first time in Irish history, women are equal citizens under the law.

We won.

Ireland had a referendum today on repealing th…

Ireland had a referendum today on repealing the Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion. On the day we were all voting to removing the final tentacles of the Catholic Church from our constitution, the Irish paper of record, The Irish Times, printed this on their front page.

“Does this mean that Catholics who vote to repeal Ireland’s abortion ban might be forgiven if they turn up to the Popefest in August? Or partially forgiven if they catch it on TV?”

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution…

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution was designed to stop abortions, and was passed into law with the heavy influence of the Catholic Church. 

There is the real possibility that it hasn’t prevented a single abortion. Thousands of women travel to England each year for abortions they need, and unknown numbers of women import abortion pills, which they are forced to take without medical supervision. 

It’s time to deal with our own women’s healthcare issues and quit expecting the wonderful people of the NHS to do it for us. 

Vote “Yes” on the 25th of May. 

On May 25, Ireland will hold a referendum to r…

On May 25, Ireland will hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of our constitution, which effectively criminalised abortion in nearly all cases. This is a photo of me advocating a “Yes” vote that Tipperary Together For Yes have used in their campaign.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help create a more compassionate Ireland, have a look at Together For Yes, the umbrella organisation which includes Atheist Ireland among many others.

If you’re wondering what the hell this has to do with atheism, feel free to read this article I wrote for Areo Magazine explaining the relationship between the Catholic Church and our ostensibly secular government on this particular issue.

There will be a referendum in Ireland to repea…

There will be a referendum in Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment (which would effectively decriminalise abortion) on Friday, May 25th.

This blog supports a vote to repeal, for reasons which are outlined in some detail here

I understand women’s rights may not be directly related to atheism, so I’m going a bit off the reservation here, but you can expect more pro-choice stuff until we get the Eighth Amendment removed. 

Hopefully, after May 25, I’ll never have to post about it again.

Together for Yes is the National Civil Socie…

Together for Yes is the National Civil Society Campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. Together we are campaigning for a more compassionate Ireland that allows abortion care for women who need it.

This is a photo of a meeting the Tipperary (where I live in Ireland) branch had two hours ago. Myself and my wife are in the middle ish. 

If you’d like to help out, you can donate any amount here.

I understand women’s rights may not be directly related to atheism, so I’m going a bit off the reservation here, but you can expect more pro-choice stuff until we get the Eighth Amendment removed. If it’s any consolation, I am looking forward to the day when I never have to mention any of this again.

There will be a normal post tomorrow.

Until I see you denouncing baptism and all rel…

Until I see you denouncing baptism and all religious education for children under the age of majority, I’m not going to listen to anything you have to say about defending “those who can’t speak for themselves”.

This letter appeared in an Irish newspaper cal…

This letter appeared in an Irish newspaper called The Examiner in relation to the upcoming referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Any time I see these things, I like to link them to those parts of my Stupid Scripture blog where God either implicitly or explicitly condones abortion, or sometimes even recommends it as a strategy.

If you’re taking your god’s opinion on abortion, he’s obviously fine with it. Please tell all the pro-life Christians you know.

Religious people all over Ireland are starti…

Religious people all over Ireland are starting to understand that being religious makes you sound stupid and hypocritical. 

Conservative Catholics all over Ireland are starting to understand that the history of the Catholic Church in Ireland is nothing to be proud about.

Women in Ireland have been fighting for the ri…

Women in Ireland have been fighting for the right to abortion access since 1983. It is indeed bolloxology

Here is a quick primer on what happened in 1983 and here’s a quick overview of how we got here