School of Law

Ruth Fletcher co-signs letter in Irish Times clarifying legal consequences of The Eigth Amendment

12 April 2018

Ruth Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, was a signatory for a letter published in the Irish Times which clarified some of the likely legal consequences of a Yes vote in the May 25 referendum. “Reasonable people may disagree as to what any future abortion legislation should look like. However, a Yes vote is a vote to remove the harmful Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, enabling regulation of abortion under law, and access to care at home for Irish women who need it. To present matters otherwise is to ignore, or to seek to misrepresent, the reality of the legal regulation of abortion in comparable countries, and the content of our own constitutional law.” Read the full letter.