I am going to write a blog post that will probably be controversial but I am someone who voices their opinion on matters. And this particular issue has been bugging me for quiet a while.
Lets talk the 8th Amendment!
The reason I decided to write this post is because I just spent a lovely chilled Sunday morning catching up on social media, Snapchat, Instagram etc. There were at least 4 influencer’s that were advocating for a Yes vote on their social media. While I have no issue with them voicing their opinion, in fact I applaud it. I felt a little uncomfortable that it’s only Repeal being thrown out to young people.
I am going to openly say here that I am still undecided on how I am going to vote! I am still on the fence as I have quite a few reservations.
I believe the 8th Amendment in its current form is out dated and it needs to be reformed. My reservations with just repealing it begin with this first question…
What will replace it?
I have been involved in politics my whole adult life and this is something I am quite annoyed at. The Government is throwing a Referendum out to the people but with no concrete or definite replacement. When we voted in the Nice or Lisbon Treaties or even the Children’s Referendum we knew exactly what we were voting for and how our constitution would be reformed. With this referendum we don’t! We know that if the country votes Yes, the 8th Amendment will be repealed and removed from our constitution but then what?
Do we leave such an important piece of legislation in the hands of the Government? And for any successive Government to change at any point without consulting the people. That is what we are faced with. This referendum ultimately takes the control away from the people and into the hands of politicians. Maybe that is the right thing to do but at the moment it sit’s a little strange with me.
Another thing that really annoys me with this particular referendum is the aggressiveness of the campaigns on both sides.
The Yes voters, as a woman if I turn around and say that I don’t know how I am going to vote, I face a backlash and abuse. That I am anti-women, I’m living in the dark ages, cop on to myself……. the list goes on!
To the No voters, if I turn around and say that I don’t know how I am going to vote, I again face a backlash and abuse. That I am pro-abortion, What about the babies? again the list goes on….
I simply do not believe this issue is as simple as black and white, it is most definitely sitting in the grey area.
To all of those people I am not anti-women, I am very much pro-women but this is an issue that affects everyone in society and everyone is entitled to their opinion. We are in the centenary year of when women gained the right to vote. It’s ironic now that 100 years on we face abuse from other women and men for choosing to vote a certain way.
I know of quite a few people of all ages who are afraid to voice their concerns, opinions or thoughts on this issue for fear of attack from either side! That in my opinion is so wrong! We live in a democracy, no body should be afraid to ask a question!
I am going to close this blog post by asking each and every one of you, to think deeply about how you are going to vote. Don’t listen to either side, get informed, contact the Referendum Commission. The only impartial agent in this referendum.
To those who know how they are going to vote, the next time you happen to encounter someone who is voting or considering to vote in an opposite way to you I urge you, RESPECT their opinion. They are equally as entitled to it as you are! Have healthy discussions on the topic, it’s good, you may learn something from others.
Never ever, abuse or ridicule someone for having a opinion different to you!
Get out and Vote on the 25th of May, and get informed before you do!
Lots of Love