A group representing nurses and midwives said voting yes in the abortion referendum is like voting for a ‘horror show’.
They have also warned that if the 8th is repealed it will force a mass exodus of medical professions from sector.
Catherina O’Sullivan is a psychiatric nurse in Killarney who fell pregnant when she was in fifth year in school at the age of 18.
She says it was one of the most horrific times of her life.
"When I did start to confide in people they told me that probably the best option would be to go and have an abortion."
Catherina says while it was not easy, she continued with the pregnancy and gave birth to a girl, Sophie, who is now 14.
"It was the bestest experience that I've ever had in my whole entire life," she said.
"Every emotion that I had was just totally wasted, every tear that I cried, it was just wasted emotion."
Lots of nurses and midwives at the Nurses and Midwives for VOTE NO press conference right now. #savethe8th #votenotoabortion pic.twitter.com/muIzcvQ47O— Save Lives. Stop Abortion (@SaveLivesAlways) May 4, 2018
Anne Flynn, an assistant director of nursing at one of Dublin’s major hospitals, says if the 8th is repealed it will pose huge problems for those working in the sector.
They were speaking at an event organised by Save the 8th.
With just three weeks left until people go to the polls both sides in the debate are continuing to ramp up their campaigns.
Together For Yes is calling on Yes voters across the country to join them knocking on doors this weekend as they undertake a major 'Bank Holiday Canvass Blitz'.
The national civil society campaign has set a target of knocking on 35,000 doors from Friday to Monday.
Just 3 weeks to go until we get our chance to vote Yes for compassion, care and change in #8thref 🗳 Check the register to see if you are eligible and make sure you have your say on May 25! #register4yes #together4yes https://t.co/fSsn2VNX9m pic.twitter.com/1pMVnPLdoI— Together for Yes (@Together4yes) May 4, 2018
Fresh figures from the campaign’s ‘Ear To The Ground’ digital canvass tool, which tracks canvass activity on the ground, shows that supporters have knocked on approximately 60,000 doors in all 26 counties in recent weeks.
"We need your shoe leather, we need your energy, and we need your support," says Orla O’Connor, Campaign Co-Director.
"We are focused on taking our message into the heart of every local town, village and local community in Ireland, and engaging with people who are still seeking facts about the impact of the 8th amendment.
"That’s why we are urging anyone who is travelling home this weekend for the bank holiday to loan us one hour of your time to knock on doors in your local area.
"Together, we can build support for Yes, and build a more caring, compassionate environment for women in Ireland.