Statement from the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, on the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment

This month, voters in the Republic of Ireland face a stark choice in the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The government proposes to introduce legislation allowing unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in certain cases permitting it beyond 12 weeks. However, these changes can only happen if the Constitution is amended to remove Article 40.3.3 (known as the Eighth Amendment), which recognises the equal right to life of the mother and her unborn child.

The proposal for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks has caused grave concern among all the main Christian churches in…

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