Dublin, Ireland, Mar 9, 2018 / 17:24 pm
In a decision that some critics are comparing to Roe v. Wade, the Irish Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that unborn children have no other rights except those guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment – which is targeted for repeal this year by pro-abortion rights groups.
"It has demonstrated with absolute clarity that the Eighth Amendment is now the only defense that the unborn child has against the arbitrary decisions of politicians to extent the grounds upon which an abortion may be obtained," Independent Member of Parliament Mattie McGrath said, according to the Herald Scotland.
"While I do not believe that the Eighth Amendment will be repealed regardless of today's decision, I do think that if the government's hostile, manipulative and aggressively pro-choice agenda is successfully perpetrated upon the people, then today may one be seen as the Irish equivalent of Roe v. Wade."
The Eighth Amendment to the Republic of Ireland's constitution, passed by voters in 1983, recognizes the right to life of mother and unborn child equally.