Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum

26 May, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Donnie King
  • Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion

A poll conducted by RTE Television showed that nearly 70 percent of respondents voted to repeal the abortion ban, and another poll for The Irish Times was similar - showing 68 percent of those surveyed voted for repealing the eight amendment, against 32 percent who said abortions should still be banned in the country.

"If exit polls are reflected in the official vote count later today, this will be a moment of profound change in Ireland's social history, a moment when the nation collectively stood up for women and for their healthcare, and voted for constitutional change".

The people of Ireland "weighed it in the balance and it came down on one side".

The 2013 amendment in the wake of Halappanavar's death permitted abortion where a doctor feels a woman's life may be at risk from pregnancy complication or because she may suicide.

Dublin voter Helen, 47, who did not want to give her surname and is now unemployed after suffering cancer, said her radiation treatment would have been stopped had she been pregnant, under existing laws giving equal right to life to expectant mothers and unborn babies. If the "yes" vote is confirmed, Ireland's parliament will be tasked with writing new regulations on abortion.

Several of Ireland's most prominent politicians, including Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, have raised their voices in favour of repealing the anti-abortion law.

But if the result is as resounding a Yes as the polls are predicting, we may have the first results in from constituencies around the country this morning.

She was a successful dentist who lived with her husband Praveen in Galway, on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland - one of the most breathtakingly lovely parts of the world.

Vera Rooney voted against repeal.

The amendment was added to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland in 1983.

A bitter campaign has dominated public debate in Ireland over recent months as almost 3.5 million voters are asked whether they want to overturn a constitutional ban on abortion.

If a majority has voted yes - as appears to be the case - then the Irish government's recommendation is that women will be able to access a termination within the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. Having an illegal abortion is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, and several thousand Irish women travel each year to get abortions in neighbouring Britain. In Dublin, people gathered in front of a wall in Temple bar where hundreds of post-its carried messages in support of repealing the eighth amendment and legalising abortion.

She said her vote would be one for solidarity and compassion, "a vote to say, I don't send you away any more".

Campaigning was not allowed Friday, but Dublin was still filled with signs and banners urging citizens to vote "yes" or "no".

Abortion restrictions will remain in place in Northern Ireland, where progress on many political issues has been stalled due to the collapse of power-sharing agreements.

"If we vote "yes" every unborn, wanted and unwanted, will have zero rights", wrote Frances Kelleher, from Killarney.

Along with the pro-choice protesters, there are many in Ireland who are in favour of the anti-abortion laws, i.e., they are pro-life.



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