USI urging tens of thousands of students to get home this weekend for final campaign push
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today launching four new posters as part of the national student-led campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. The Students For Choice poster campaign is calling on voters to vote ‘Yes’ ahead of polling day on May 25th. With youth voter turnout in mind, the posters state care in a crisis needs every yes, and that students are ready to get out and vote.
Speaking at the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said:
“It’s 2018, and we shouldn’t be relying on England for what should be a safe and regulated healthcare procedure. This referendum is not a vote for abortion, because abortion is already happening here in Ireland. This vote is about healthcare at home, and providing regulated and safe care for pregnant people without shipping them away in shame across the Irish sea.”
With the final week of the campaign seeing a push from both sides of the campaign, Mr Kerrigan called on students to travel home to canvass with local Together For Yes groups for one final push.
“This is our future we’re talking about. We know if people hear the facts, minds will be changed to vote ‘Yes’ for a caring and compassionate Ireland. It’s crucial that students get home this weekend to canvass. If you’re studying for exams take an hour or two out of your evening to go knocking on doors. You’re still doing your part if you pick up the phone and talked to some family and friends.”
Last week, USI announced that Students’ Unions all over Ireland have directly registered 26,979 new student voters in the lead up to the referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment. USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland, and is a member of the national civil society campaign, Together For Yes.