By John Patrick Kierans
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has backed the Together For Yes campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment.
The USI, which is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education in Ireland, says its supporting the campaign in order to “protect women’s safety, health and wellbeing.”
In the coming months, the USI will also be registering thousands of students to vote ahead of the proposed date of May 25th.
The USI registered 18,000 students who have never voted before between September and November 2017 alone, adding to the upwards of 80,000 students registered to vote by USI in recent years.
Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said: “Students are behind this campaign, and are willing to show compassion by voting ‘Yes’ so people can make personal and private decisions without the fear of being charged as criminals.
“We must remove the Eighth Amendment, and we must accommodate students to vote.
“Students are overwhelmingly in favour of changing our restrictive abortion laws to become a country that values dignity and respect of people.”
“We are on the right side of history, and we’re bringing hundreds of thousands of students along with us”, Mr Kerrigan said.
“We’re ramping up to register students to vote again and getting students ready to canvass. Together we will vote ‘Yes’ to remove the Eighth Amendment.”