James and Ann-Marie Mahon from Tullamore, Co. Offaly
“As a couple, some of the most precious moments shared together include meeting our two children for the first time. We have great memories of marvelling at their growth and development during pregnancy.
“Realising that their hearts were beating from three weeks was astonishing. Watching them move in the womb was a beautiful, emotional experience for both of us.
“From personal experience, during both pregnancies, it was a great consolation for us to know that both lives were protected by the Eighth Amendment; the life of the mother, and the life of baby.
“We are pro-woman and pro-baby. We are pro-life. We value each human life at every stage of development. Protecting the right of the unborn child is the greatest human rights issue of our time.
“Without the right to life, all other human rights are meaningless. The right to life is the keystone human right upon which all other rights are built upon.
“We are proud that the Eighth Amendment represented by Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution creates a truly equal society, recognising both the rights of the mother and the unborn.
“We aim as a society to be just, equitable and humane to everyone, especially the most vulnerable. We have a duty to stand up and protect the most defenceless, the most silent, the unborn.
“Article 40.3.3 recognises the equality of life of both the mother and the child in the womb. It recognises the unborn as a human being.
“To repeal the Eighth Amendment is to abolish the right to existence of another human being. Did we all not start our journey in the womb?”