Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland

Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland

The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland specified that the prohibition of abortion would not limit the right to distribute information about abortion services in foreign countries. It was effected by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1992, which was approved by referendum on 25 November 1992 and signed into law on the 23 December of the same year.

Changes to the text

*Insertion of new subsection in Article 40.3.3::This subsection shall not limit freedom to obtain or make available, in the State, subject to such conditions as may be laid down by law, information relating to services lawfully available in another state.

*Together, this, and the Thirteenth Amendment made the full text of the constitution in regard to abortion (40.3.3) the following:

: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.

:This subsection shall not limit freedom to travel between the State and another state.

:This subsection shall not limit freedom to obtain or make available, in the State, subject to such conditions as may be laid down by law, information relating to services lawfully available in another state.

Overview

The Amendment was adopted in November of 1992 by a plebiscite of the Irish people, largely in response to "Attorney General v. X" - a case that arose where a 14-year-old girl who had become pregnant from rape was threatened with legal action for travelling to the United Kingdom to obtain an abortion.

It was intended to allow Irish citizens the freedom to pursue and learn about abortion services in other countries. The actual text of the amendment, however, did not mention the word "abortion". It simply provides that Irish citizens are free to learn about "services" that are illegal within the Republic but legal in other countries.

In the same referendum, the Thirteenth Amendment was approved guaranteeing freedom of travel with respect to the issue. Another amendment (see Twelfth Amendment), which would have held that the possibility of suicide was not a sufficient threat to justify an abortion, was rejected.

Result

ee also

*Politics of the Republic of Ireland
*History of the Republic of Ireland
*Constitutional amendment
*Irish constitutional referendum, November 1992

External links

* [http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1992/en/act/cam/0014/index.html Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1992] (Full text at [http://www.irishstatutebook.ie IrishStatuteBook.ie] )
* [http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/html%20files/Constitution%20of%20Ireland%20(Eng).htm Full text of the Constitution of Ireland] (Accurate up to and including the Twenty-seventh Amendment from [http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/ Department of the Taoiseach] )
* [http://www.johnpghall.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ The Unabridged Constitution of Ireland] (Unofficial variorum edition – accurate only up to Twentieth Amendment)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland — The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland introduced a constitutional ban on abortion. It was effected by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1983, which was approved by referendum on 7 September 1983 and signed into law on… …   Wikipedia

  • Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland — The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland specified that the prohibition of abortion would not limit freedom of travel in and out of the state. It was effected by the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1992, which was… …   Wikipedia

  • Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 1992 — The Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1992 was a proposal to amend the Constitution of Ireland that the possibility of suicide was not a sufficient reason to legally allow an abortion. The proposal was rejected.Proposed changes to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 2002 — The Twenty fifth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2002 was a proposal to amend the Constitution of Ireland to remove the threat of suicide as a grounds for legal abortion in Ireland, as well as introducing new penalties for anyone performing… …   Wikipedia

  • Amendments to the Constitution of Ireland — An amendment may be made to any part of the Constitution of Ireland, the founding law of Ireland, but only by referendum. An amendment must first be approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament), then submitted to a referendum, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Fourteenth Amendment — The Fourteenth Amendment may refer to the:*Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires states to provide equal protection. *Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland guaranteed the right to distribute information… …   Wikipedia

  • Censorship in the Republic of Ireland — Although Ireland does not currently exercise much censorship in practice, the state has wide ranging laws which allow censorship, and has specific laws covering films, advertisements, newspapers and magazines, as well as terrorism and pornography …   Wikipedia

  • The United States of America —     The United States of America     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The United States of America     BOUNDARIES AND AREA     On the east the boundary is formed by the St. Croix River and an arbitrary line to the St. John, and on the north by the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Sacrament of Penance —     The Sacrament of Penance     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Sacrament of Penance     Penance is a sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is granted through the priest s absolution to… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Constitution of Italy — Italy This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Italy …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”