“I’m challenged on my views a lot because I’m a man. There
are some who feel I shouldn’t have an opinion. As a father, I
say we should all have a voice in this debate. It’s a family issue
– Seán Feeney from Castleknock, Dublin 15.
Seán’s Story – “The up and coming referendum on the Eighth
Amendment essentially provides for the removal of the most
fundamental human right – the right to life of a little baby.
“Repealing the Eighth Amendment will have a significant
impact on the unborn, on mothers, on families and on society as
a whole. Protecting the Eighth Amendment is a positive thing
for Irish society because it protects the lives of both mother and
“It is a scientific fact that the life of a little baby begins at
the moment of conception. The heart starts beating at 21 days.
By week 8, everything found in a fully grown person is formed.
All that is needed is time to grow and develop. The biggest
growth spurt takes place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and
we will never grow at that rate again.
“These gestational milestones are something that
pro-choice advocates deny when they refer to the baby as a
‘foetus’ and a ‘blob of tissue’. Without the Eighth Amendment
an entire group of human beings will be denied their right to life.
This is also a threat to the hope of society, as who knows the
potential an unborn child could have when they are born?
“I am challenged on my views a lot because I am a man. I
like to engage with my friends and encourage them to take part
in this important debate. Some people feel I shouldn’t have an
opinion. As a father, I say, we should all have a voice in this
debate. It’s a family issue at heart.
“The existence of the Eighth Amendment has had a
positive impact not only on women but also on men. I would
encourage all men to speak out and express their views on this
fundamental social topic.”