MAKING IT PUBLIC
Someone said :
I'm not sure if Yes will win, I think more real honest stories from people's experiences of getting an abortion and the reason why they had to get it, might help the yes side. I think lots of people think they don't know anyone who had an abortion.
In France, in 1971, 343 women in the public eye signed Simone de Beauvoir's manifest, which became known as the manifest of the 343 bitches/sluts. (Including Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Sagan)
They basically admitted to having had an (illegal) abortion, knowing that they could not possibly prosecuted, and that it would move the general opinion towards the realization that the criminalisation of abortion was a social and legal aberration.
I am not sure it would work in Ireland, but it is the only way of letting everyone know that they know someone who could have been criminalized for making a choice that was right for them at the time. WORDING "REPEAL THE 8th"
Also I hope that they will phase-out the reference to "Repeal the 8th" because that is non-sense.
The referendum will be about removing or replacing Article 40.3.3, which comes from the 8th Amendement, and was expended by the 13th and 14th Amendements.
A 36th Amendement could simply remove, or replace Article 4.3.3 with abortion-allowing wording. And leave the 8th, 13th and 14th alone.
The same way that we did not remove the Amendements voted to allow ratification of European treaties that are no longer valid when we ratified the next one.
An Amendement, as opposed to the US system, is not part of the constitution: it only indicates what changes have been approved by the people! In the US once ratified, it becomes "an operative addition to the Constitution" and can be repealed by another one... but remains in place in the constitution... (Famously, the 21st repealed the prohibition-time's 18th.)