‘We Put The Eighth Into The Constitution Without Considering It Properly’

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Former health minister, now Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar

Ahead of the Dáil voting on Thursday, June 30, on a referendum bill proposed by Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace, which would allow for abortions in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities…

Newstalk reports:

[Former Health] Minister Leo Varadkar says the 8th Amendment was not considered fully and properly before being added to the Constitution.

Leo Varadkar says considering the repeal of the amendment should not be rushed.

However he conceded that it cannot be put on the long finger either.

Part of the reason why our abortion laws have given us so much trouble in this country is because we put an amendment into the Constitution in 1983 without considering it fully and properly,” he suggested.!

8th Amendment was not considered ‘fully and properly’ – Leo Varadkar (Newstalk)

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17 thoughts on “‘We Put The Eighth Into The Constitution Without Considering It Properly’

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    One bum cannot ride two horses Leo. It’s one or the other.

    Typical response from him.

    1. Harry Molloy

      I think it’s an OK comment ,we need immediate action but wording is so important and should be well thought out.
      Doctrine of unintended consequence and all that

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I’d agree too, but how long have they been coming out with statements like this. They have to back it up with real action. Words and panel reviews will only go so far.

        1. Harry Molloy

          yeah that’s true, would have thought that Zappone had a condition built in, would be surprised if not

      2. Lorcan Nagle

        If the 8th amendment is repealed, abortion will still be illegal in Ireland, but it’ll be a case for legislation in the Dáil rather than another referendum to determine any change to the present laws. All this talk of finding something to replace the 8th is more obfuscation and delaying tactics

  2. Rev Henry Woods

    Feck.

    ”….we put an amendment into the Constitution in 1983 without considering it fully and properly”

    Between January 1980 and December 2015, at least 166,951 women and girls travelled from the Republic of Ireland to access abortion services in another country.

    Source: https://www.ifpa.ie/Hot-Topics/Abortion/Statistics

    What a terrible thing to continuously do.
    The problem is poor sex-ed in our schools and stupid people not using contraception.
    And our parents are terrible parents for us not wanting to be parents.
    It’s a never-ender.
    Changing or amending a law won’t solve it.

    1. Wayne Carr

      That’s true. The only way you can get pregnant is either being poorly educated, or else stupid. Why can’t we just round up all the stupids and put them into camps?

      I’m sick and tired of them demanding abortion as an easy form of contraception instead of using the pull out method like the rest of us. Bring this in and stupid, poorly educated (and let’s face it, slutty) women will be getting abortion with their currys every Friday night. It’s a slippery slope towards rights for everyone and I, for one, won’t stand for it.

      What I’ve done here is used the perceived ignorance of your comment to satirise the ignorance of your comment. You’re welcome.

  3. some old queen

    Leo Varadkar says the 8th Amendment was not considered fully and properly before being added to the Constitution. He also says amending it should not be rushed but that it cannot be put on the long finger either. Plain English: 8th was botched but changing it should not be.

    No Leo. 8th was deliberate and so should be the removal. Quickly. Grow some.

  4. A new town animal in a furnished cage

    Would you consider a Down’s syndrome a potential fetal abnormality ?

  5. 15 cents

    sittin on the fence. a statement attempting to keep everyone happy. they all mustve gotten the memo to say “should not be rushed” coz i’m hearing it regularily from various politicians. not rushed, to them, means years, yet when it came to setting up IW and gettin every house in the country metered, they didnt drag their heels. Changing the 8th would be far less work, and if they actually worked on changing it, and thought of the various considerations, you could drum it up in a week or two, mon to fri 9 to 5.

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