On Friday 25th May 2018, Ireland held a referendum on the eighth amendment, and voted “Yes” to repeal it . The eighth amendment stated “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”, essentially meaning abortions were only allowed if the pregnancy posed a risk to the woman’s life. So basically, unless this was going to kill you, you were going to have this child whether you liked it or not. You have no choice. But now, thanks to 66.4% of voters, the amendment is going to be replaced, and I am incredibly happy for that.
Remember my short film Unplanned? Well, I went and adapted that into a wee short play. It’s a shame it wasn’t a musical, because Unplanned:The Musical has a better ring to it:
“Girl, you gotta abort that fetus,
And we’ll have more money to feed us.
I can’t raise no baby,
I’ll pull out next time, maybe”
It would’ve been a Broadway hit.