Abortion, the Irish Constitution, and constitutional change

Abortion in Ireland is regulated by a constitutional provision that was inserted following a referendum in 1983. In May 2018, the Irish people, will voted to remove this provision from the Irish Constitution. In this paper, I examine the reasons for the insertion of the provision; the problems that...

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Source:Revista de Investigações Constitucionais, ISSN 2359-5639, Vol. 5, Nº. 3, 2018 (Ejemplar dedicado a: setembro/dezembro - Dossiê: "The 30th Anniversary of the 1988 Brazilian Constitution"), pags. 257-275
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dialnet-ar-18-ART00013130672019-02-20Abortion, the Irish Constitution, and constitutional changeKenny, DavidAbortionconstitutional right to life of the unbornreferendumsconstitutional changecitizen-led constitutional changejudicial powerAbortodireito constitucional à vida do nascituroreferendosmudança constitucionalmudança constitucional liderada pelo cidadãopoder judicialAbortion in Ireland is regulated by a constitutional provision that was inserted following a referendum in 1983. In May 2018, the Irish people, will voted to remove this provision from the Irish Constitution. In this paper, I examine the reasons for the insertion of the provision; the problems that emerged with it over time; the factors that motivated the campaign for change; and the gradual process of negotiating a proposed change within the political system. The paper concludes by drawing general lessons that might be derived about the about the costs and consequences of the Irish experience of making abortion into a matter of constitutional law and debating its removal. Though somewhat effective in blocking political opponents, constitutionalising abortion has had unexpected consequences: creating uncertainty; involving the judiciary in the regulation of abortion; and perhaps creating a tendency to elevate social and political issues to the constitutional level.O aborto na Irlanda é regulado por uma disposição constitucional que foi inserida após um referendo em 1983. Em maio de 2018, o povo irlandês votará a remoção desta disposição da Constituição irlandesa. Neste artigo, examinamse as razões da inserção da provisão; os problemas que surgiram com o tempo; os fatores que motivaram a campanha pela mudança; e o processo gradual de negociação de uma mudança proposta dentro do sistema político. O artigo conclui tirando lições gerais que podem ser derivadas sobre os custos e consequências da experiência irlandesa de fazer o aborto em uma questão de direito constitucional e debater sua remoção. Embora um pouco eficaz no bloqueio de opositores políticos, a constitucionalização do aborto teve consequências inesperadas: criando incerteza; envolvendo o judiciário na regulação do aborto; e talvez criando uma tendência para elevar questões sociais e políticas ao nível constitucional.2018text (article)application/pdfhttps://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/oaiart?codigo=6809738(Revista) ISSN 2359-5639Revista de Investigações Constitucionais, ISSN 2359-5639, Vol. 5, Nº. 3, 2018 (Ejemplar dedicado a: setembro/dezembro - Dossiê: "The 30th Anniversary of the 1988 Brazilian Constitution"), pags. 257-275engLICENCIA DE USO: Los documentos a texto completo incluidos en Dialnet son de acceso libre y propiedad de sus autores y/o editores. Por tanto, cualquier acto de reproducción, distribución, comunicación pública y/o transformación total o parcial requiere el consentimiento expreso y escrito de aquéllos. Cualquier enlace al texto completo de estos documentos deberá hacerse a través de la URL oficial de éstos en Dialnet. Más información: https://dialnet.unirioja.es/info/derechosOAI | INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS STATEMENT: Full text documents hosted by Dialnet are protected by copyright and/or related rights. This digital object is accessible without charge, but its use is subject to the licensing conditions set by its authors or editors. Unless expressly stated otherwise in the licensing conditions, you are free to linking, browsing, printing and making a copy for your own personal purposes. All other acts of reproduction and communication to the public are subject to the licensing conditions expressed by editors and authors and require consent from them. Any link to this document should be made using its official URL in Dialnet. More info: https://dialnet.unirioja.es/info/derechosOAI
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constitutional right to life of the unborn
referendums
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citizen-led constitutional change
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direito constitucional à vida do nascituro
referendos
mudança constitucional
mudança constitucional liderada pelo cidadão
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mudança constitucional
mudança constitucional liderada pelo cidadão
poder judicial
Kenny, David
Abortion, the Irish Constitution, and constitutional change
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Abortion in Ireland is regulated by a constitutional provision that was inserted following a referendum in 1983. In May 2018, the Irish people, will voted to remove this provision from the Irish Constitution. In this paper, I examine the reasons for the insertion of the provision; the problems that emerged with it over time; the factors that motivated the campaign for change; and the gradual process of negotiating a proposed change within the political system. The paper concludes by drawing general lessons that might be derived about the about the costs and consequences of the Irish experience of making abortion into a matter of constitutional law and debating its removal. Though somewhat effective in blocking political opponents, constitutionalising abortion has had unexpected consequences: creating uncertainty; involving the judiciary in the regulation of abortion; and perhaps creating a tendency to elevate social and political issues to the constitutional level.
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