Under the 8th Amendment, Irish law cannot allow women to terminate pregnancies that threaten their health. So current law allows abortion only where there is a risk to a woman’s or girl’s life. No matter how serious, irreparable or long-term the damage to her health, it would be a criminal offence for her and her doctor to terminate the pregnancy in Ireland.
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Pregnant women and girls may have or develop health conditions that will be worsened by continuing a pregnancy. Under the 8th Amendment, they cannot access abortion legally in Ireland. It would be unconstitutional for the government to enact such a law. Until the 8th Amendment is gone, only if a woman’s health deteriorates to the point where she might die can it lawfully be terminated. So claims that pregnant woman’s health can be safeguarded under the 8th Amendment are untrue.
Women and girls travel to other countries to access abortion due to the risk the pregnancy poses to their health. However, some with complex health issues cannot. Also, under the 8th Amendment, a doctor can’t refer a woman to a hospital or clinic abroad for an abortion, or consult with the healthcare professionals there about her health condition. This also interferes with the ongoing care the woman gets from her medical team in Ireland.