On Friday 25th May 2018, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland. The proposed change to the Constitution concerns the regulation of termination of pregnancy.
Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, means that it is lawful for a pregnancy to be terminated only where the pregnancy poses a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother. This includes a risk of suicide. The proposal on 25th May is to delete Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution and to insert in its place that.
“Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy ”
Laws are made by the Oireachtas. You are not being asked in this referendum to vote on any particular law relating to the termination of pregnancy.
The Constitution is important. It is the fundamental law of our State. It is your Constitution and only you have the power to change it. How you vote is for you to decide. The Referendum Commission urges you to inform yourself about the proposed change to the Constitution and to use your vote. If you do not vote, other people will make the decision.
In this website, we explain the current law, we describe the proposed change, and we explain the legal effect of a Yes vote and the legal effect of a No vote.
This website does not argue for a Yes vote or a No vote, but we do strongly encourage you to vote.
Click here to answers to some of the common questions asked about the referendum process, and the Referendum Commission.
Registration to vote is closed. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote in the referendum, or whether or not you are registered at the correct address, you can find out very simply by checking the electoral register.