Vote for Life GE 2016:

Position of the Parties in Regard to Repealing the 8th Amendment

We have published each party's published or reported position with regard to the 8th Amendment. This will be updated if other information becomes available


Fianna Fáil:

Mr Michéal Martin: “We’ve said collectively as a political party that we would not initiate moves to repeal the Eighth [Amendment].”  However, some Fianna Fáil candidates support the repeal of the 8th amendment.



“We believe in freedom of conscience on such issues,’’ a Renua spokesman stated. “A referendum would allow the people make the ultimate decision.’’

Lucinda Creighton stated that a new law, “would change the culture of this country and would change how we deal with vulnerable women.’’


AAA-PBP (Socialist Party / Socialist Workers Party:

"AAA-PBP calls for an immediate repeal of the 8th amendment ban on abortion and legislation for the right to choose.”

Fine Gael:

"Fine Gael TDs will be allowed a free vote on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution after a constitutional convention is given time to draw up proposals after the general election, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.”

Several senior Ministers in the Fine Gael Cabinet have stated they favour repealing the 8th and legalising abortion on broader grounds.

Green Party:

The Green Party will support a vote in favour of repeal of the 8th amendment, on condition that the Government has provided draft legislation which will be put in place if the referendum passes. On the repeal of the 8th amendment, the Green Party will advocate legislation allowing for the lawful termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape, incest and endangerment to the health/life of the mother


Labour Party:

“Repeal of the eighth amendment - providing for the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn - will be part of the Labour Party’s election manifesto, Tánaiste Joan Burton said.”


Sinn Fein:

“Sinn Féin welcome campaign to repeal the 8th amendment.”


Social Democrats:

"On abortion, the party wants to repeal the 8th Amendment with Shortall saying it should be replaced with legislation.”


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