Referendum on Human Life in Pregnancy (2002) (Twenty-Fifth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2002)


The Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy) Bill, 2001, proposes to insert the following section after section 5 of Article 46 of the Constitution:

“6 Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Article, Article 40 of this Constitution shall be amended as follows:

The following subsections shall be added to section 3 of the English text:

‘4° In particular, the life of the unborn in the womb shall be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Act, 2002.
The provisions of section 2 of Article 46 and sections 1, 3 and 4 of Article 47 of this Constitution shall apply to any Bill passed or deemed to have been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas containing a proposal to amend the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Act, 2002, as they apply to a Bill containing a proposal or proposals for the amendment of this Constitution and any such Bill shall be signed by the President forthwith upon his being satisfied that the Bill has been duly approved by the people in accordance with the provisions of section 1 of Article 47 of this Constitution and shall be duly promulgated by the President as a law.’.
If a law, containing only the provisions set out in An Dara Sceideal  The Second Schedule to the Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy) Act, 2001, is enacted by the Oireachtas, this section, other than the amendment of Article 40 of this Constitution effected thereby, shall be omitted from every official text of this Constitution published thereafter, but notwithstanding such omission this section shall continue to have the force of law.
If such a law is not so enacted within 180 days of this section being added to this Constitution, this section shall cease to have effect and shall be omitted from every official text of this Constitution published thereafter.
The provisions of Articles 26 and 27 of this Constitution shall not apply to the Bill for such a law.”

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Result Summary

Electorate: 2,923,918
Total Poll: 1,254,175
Percentage Poll: 42.89%
Votes in favour of the proposal: 618,485
Votes against the proposal: 629,041
Invalid Ballot Papers: 6,649