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Tcdsu calling for “full repeal” of 8th ammendment

Among the panellists set to feature is United Left TD for Dublin North Clare Daly, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman and Irish Times Journalist Roisin Ingle.
 
The other panellists expected to take part include TCDSU President Lynn Ruane, Repeal the 8th Coalition Convener Ailbhe Smyth, member of pro-choice advocate group Doctors for Choice Dr. Peadar O’Grady and Trinity student and activist Kalianne Farren.
 
In a statement, TCDSU said that the purpose of the event is to “inform and educate” students on the highly controversial issue of repealing the eight amendment.
 
“After a strong showing from TCDSU at the March for Choice, we are officially launching our Repeal The 8th campaign with a panel discussion,” the statement read.
 
“Since this will be the first time engaging with this issue for many students, this event will be based around informing and educating,” the statement continued.
 
TCDSU are calling for a “full repeal” of the 8th amendment following a vote by Trinity students in which 73% supported the union’s proposal to adopt a pro-choice mandate on the issue.
 
“In February 2014, 73% of Trinity students voted for their students’ union to adopt a pro-choice mandate and actively campaign for access to safe and legal abortions for women and girls in Ireland.”
 
“The 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution remains the central barrier between women and girls in Ireland and full reproductive rights and as a result TCDSU is calling for its full repeal,” the union stated.
 
Writing in the University Times earlier this month, former USI president Laura Harmon weighed in on the debate, calling for immediate action to remove the eighth amendment.
 
“The eighth amendment equates the life of a woman to the life of the unborn. Without removing this wording from our Constitution, we cannot implement legislation that offers adequate protection to the life of the woman,” Harmon wrote.
 
“As long as the eighth amendment remains in place, it is not possible to legislate for termination of pregnancy on any grounds other than the risk to a woman’s life. We must remove it entirely,” Harmon concluded.
 
Amnesty International also visited the Trinity College campus recently to promote their #MyBodyMyRights campaign.
 
The TCDSU Repeal the eight amendment panel discussion will take place in the Edmund Burke theatre in Trinity College at 7pm, with students being advised to arrive early to get a seat.
 
Students must also have their valid student card with them.