There are very few laws it can be said with certainty have saved lives. The 8th Amendment was one:
“The State acknowledges 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”.
The 8th Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland recognized the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child. It was approved by referendum on 7 September 1983, by 67%.
The 13th Amendment, permitting travel to obtain abortion in another jurisdiction, was approved by 62%. The 14th Amendment, permitting information about services in other countries, was approved by 60%.
Following a referendum held on 25th May 2018, a majority of 66.4% of the electorate voted to repeal the 8th Amendment.
*The Legacy of the 8th Amendment – ProLife Campaign.