Updated: 13/03/17 : 05:29:05
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Mass appeal not to repeal Eighth Amendment

SLIGO GROUPS opposed to repeal of the Eighth Amendment addressed local Massgoers over the weekend.

Fionnula Woods, who spoke at several Masses in the town on Saturday and Sunday, read from a prepared script.

Her group, Sligo Right to Life, later distributed literature outside local churches.

Bitter, Divisive

The move has the approval of Irish Catholic Bishops and comes before any decision has been made on a potential repeal.

The Eighth Amendment was inserted in the Constitution after a referendum in 1983.

Sometimes it is described, contentiously from both sides, as 'the pro life' clause.

Debate about it since has sometimes been as divisive and bitter as the original 1980s campaign.