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save the eighth

Thousands march in Dublin calling for Eighth Amendment to be retained

Organisers said the rally would be the “biggest of the campaign” urging people to vote no in the upcoming referendum.

rally for life 987_90539410 Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

A RALLY IN support of retaining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution drew tens of thousands to the streets of Dublin today.

Earlier this week, the Save the 8th campaign group said this would be “the biggest event of the campaign”.

Those marching went down O’Connell Street and across to the south side, with the rally ending up with speeches at Merrion Square.

The rally comes two days after the government published the wording of how the Eighth Amendment may change in the upcoming referendum, set to take place this May.

Campaign spokesperson Niamh Uí Bhriain said that today’s marchers would convey the message that they are opposed to repealing the Eighth and any changes to the Ireland’s abortion laws.

She said earlier this week: “This Saturday will see tens of thousands of Irish people taking to the streets to show that Irish people value life and want to protect the lives of our future generations.

The rally will feature speakers who will, amongst other things, share their personal stories of crisis pregnancy, diagnosis of life limiting conditions, abortion regret and reasons why Ireland should save the 8th.

The campaign claimed that 100,000 people attended today’s rally, and said that attendees came from all over the country.

Eighth referendum

In the event of a vote to repeal, the text of the amendment will be replaced by this line: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.”

In line with the all-party Oireachtas Committee recommendation, the government has said it would legislate for termination up to 12 weeks of pregnancy to be permitted without specific indication in the event that the electorate votes to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Read: Minister establishes Referendum Commission for Eighth Amendment referendum

Read: Government considering the roll-out of free contraception

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