The referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment is coming up in a week’s time. I will be voting yes. I started this post thinking I’d come up with eight reasons. I stopped at 16 but I could have kept going.
16 Reasons to Vote Yes
I am voting YES because I have never had an unplanned pregnancy. All five pregnancies were planned. I am one of the lucky ones. I never had to make that choice. I feel for women who have had to travel to get the treatment they needed.
I am voting YES because I had two healthy and normal pregnancies but they still seemed like they went on forever. I can’t imagine the torment of having to continue with an unwanted pregnancy.
I am voting YES because I am healthy, I don’t have a life-threatening condition whereby a pregnancy could finish me off. I don’t take medication that would have to be stopped if I became pregnant. I am one of the lucky ones. Not everyone is lucky.
I am voting YES because I had three miscarriages. I am one of the lucky ones. My foetuses expelled themselves. They didn’t linger, the heartbeats didn’t keep beating and put my life at risk. I never thought I would say I was lucky because I had three miscarriages. Other women, like this lady, had to travel to the UK for life-saving terminations because the foetus still had a beating heart even though all the amniotic fluid was gone and there was no chance of it surviving.
I am voting YES because I endured 18 months of depression after my miscarriages. Women who want to consider a termination because of a fatal foetal abnormality or any other reason need care and compassion. They need to bury their children here, not have them delivered by a courier. Anything that helps to prevent depression or makes the loss of a child that tiny little bit easier is essential.
I am voting YES because I am a farmer. I know things can go wrong in pregnancies. As a farmer, it is my responsibility to ensure our livestock have the best of medical attention should they need it. My cows get more care and compassion than a pregnant woman in crisis in Ireland.
I am voting YES because I am a mother. My son and daughter are the most important things in the world to me. I would fight to the death to protect them. My daughter is much more important to me than an unborn foetus and I will not have her living in a country where her safety comes second. Yes, it is supposed to be equal with the foetus under current legislation but as it has been so tragically proved, the medics don’t act until the mother’s life is at risk and then it is sometimes too late to save her. I don’t want to have to tell her to emigrate to ensure she has proper healthcare for any pregnancies. But I will.
I am voting YES because I know that if I had had a pregnancy with a fatal foetal abnormality, my choices would have been different depending on my stage of life. If it had happened before I had my miscarriages, I’d imagine I would have wanted to terminate. If it had happened after the miscarriages, I would have wanted to keep that baby alive inside of me, to spend whatever moments I could with it, to have a funeral, to give it a name, to have memories. I am the same person. That decision is not a ‘one size fits all’. Having choice would have make that horrendous decision a little bit easier. It’s a basic human right.
I am voting YES because Irish people have been controlled for too long. Ireland was a colony for centuries. Then its population was controlled by the State and the Church, resulting in babies being sold abroad, children being abused and dead orphans being buried in septic tanks. The NO campaign is about controlling women and their wombs. The NO campaign is pro birth, not pro life. Irish women deserve better and they deserve freedom to choose.
I am voting YES because if the current situation continues, it will not stop abortions happening. The taking of illegal medication, the travelling to another country, the lack of care and compassion for women in this country has to stop. Women deserve better.
I am voting YES because women are taking medication to bring about early terminations. It is only a matter of time before a woman in a rural farmhouse bathroom or a city apartment could lose her life by being too scared to go to a hospital if there are complications.
I am voting YES because the behaviour of the NO campaigners on Claire Byrne Live the other night was appalling: the clapping, the mocking, the catcalling, the whooping, the scorn on respected doctors like Dr Peter Boylan. Any woman who had experienced a termination, a miscarriage or was in a crisis pregnancy must have been traumatised watching it. Did the NO campaigners offer any help or counselling to those affected? No. Who did? Yes, that’s right, the YES campaigners did.
I am voting YES because if the NO campaign wins, we might as well rename Ireland as Gilead and let the last person leaving switch off the lights.
I am voting YES because I want to remain proud to be Irish, not ashamed. There has been widespread abuse of children. Young children today are homeless. Let’s have a healthcare system to be proud of.
I am voting YES because I trust women.
I am voting YES in the memory of Savita. I am voting YES for my daughter and all women.16 reasons to vote YES to #Repealthe8th Click To Tweet
Please Vote YES. You won’t be stopping a heartbeat as abortions will continue to happen. By voting YES, you will be playing a small part in helping women get good healthcare with compassion in their own country. You may be saving women’s lives. Please Vote YES on 25th May.