To stop their Party from giving official support to a repeal or modification of the 8th Amendment.
At present Fianna Fail have a divided policy on abortion with some members openly supportive of a change to the Constitution and our laws. Up to 70% of the elected T.D's are however favourable to pro life and have either voted against abortion or expressed a definite pro life opinion. Many grass roots supporters are the same. Fianna Fail has promised a "free vote" on the issue but this is not satisfactory, It needs to reinstate its pro life ethos or at least refrain from facilitating an abortion referendum,