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SpunOut.ie was founded on a mission of empowerment. Our vision has always been of an Ireland where young citizens are empowered with the information and supports they need to make informed decisions about their own lives and health. We have always believed in the power of positive change, and that is why are supporting a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
In making this choice, we have been guided by the importance of compassion and care for those people making the difficult decision to end a pregnancy. SpunOut.ie believes that we all have a responsibility to ensure every woman can access reproductive healthcare in her own country with the support of her chosen doctor. We agree that Ireland must do more to respect and uphold the human rights of its women, as argued both by the UN Human Rights Committee and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Above all, SpunOut.ie believes that a more caring and compassionate society begins with meeting the needs of those who have had their agency and dignity stripped away by the Eighth Amendment. For these and many other reasons, SpunOut.ie strongly supports a Yes vote on the 25th of May.
While our factsheet information will continue to remain completely neutral, we will be reporting on our campaigning for a Yes vote in the news and blog sections of the site, as well as our social media channels. We will also be publishing opinion pieces from young people of all perspectives in our opinion section (send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a youth-led organisation, SpunOut.ie’s decision-making structure is designed to make sure our policy stances are decided by young people, for young people. Our decision to back a Yes vote was not made by our staff or Board of Directors, but rather by the young people who make up our Action Panel.
In reaching a consensus, the Action Panel were supported by a poll carried out amongst our active readership and volunteers, which saw a large majority in favour of SpunOut.ie actively supporting Repeal of the Eighth Amendment. On the Action Panel’s recommendation, our stance in favour of a Yes vote was approved by the Board of Directors and will be implemented by our staff team, with support from the many young volunteers that are the lifeblood of SpunOut.ie.
Whilst SpunOut.ie’s organisational position is strong support for a Yes vote, we place no obligations on our staff, volunteers or Board members to match that stance in a personal capacity. Our staff are required to communicate and respect SpunOut.ie’s official stances, but no member of staff or volunteer will be required to actively promote a Yes vote against their own personal beliefs. Diverse views are welcome in SpunOut.ie and will be treated with respect.
SpunOut.ie won’t be soliciting donations for this campaign, nor will we be using any of our State funding on activities in any way relating to the referendum. Instead, we will be funding our work on Repeal the Eighth through unrestricted non-exchequer funding only. This spending is recorded as an independent project fund, separate from our other work, and will be reported transparently in our management accounts and Annual Financial Statements for 2018.
While SpunOut.ie supports a Yes vote, we recognise and respect the wide range of views held by our readers. Nobody has to vote in any particular way to be a part of the SpunOut.ie community, volunteer base or staff team.
However you think you might vote, we strongly encourage all our readers to take these steps before voting day on May 25th:
If you have any questions about any of the above you can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com