Friday the 25th of May. The day when the country will decide on what will undoubtedly be one of the most divisive issues of our generation, the repealing of the 8th Amendment of the constitution allowing access to abortion in Ireland. Regardless of what opinion you have on the matter, the most important action you can take right now is to register to vote, if you haven’t already.
For information on how to do this you can visit here: How do I Register to Vote?
The ramifications of this Referendum are immense. It will determine if a woman, resident in Ireland, will have access to full healthcare options during pregnancy in line with most developed nations. It will determine whether women will have the right to choose what is best for her physical and mental well-being should she ever fall pregnant, without having to endure the emotional and financial hardship of having to travel to another country to have her needs met.
Ireland prides itself on being a modern and vibrant nation, with a young population and with one of the strongest records of economic growth in Europe since the financial crash in 2008. This Referendum will bring Ireland into the 21st century when it comes to enhancing the rights of more than 50% of it’s population.
To the young people of Ireland in particular: Register to vote. Election turnout in Ireland, as in most countries, is dominated by the older generations. More often than not, this has resulted in the status quo being maintained. Real change in society and democracy comes when the young people find their voices and demonstrate their beliefs via the ballot box. This is your chance to make the change that so many women in Ireland need and deserve.
So, again we say, Register to vote if you have not done so already. You forfeit the right to complain about a decision if you have not contributed to how that decision was made. Stand up for what you believe and come the 25th of May, your voice will be heard.