Hollywood Celebrities Advocate to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

26 May, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion

The RTE/Behaviour and Attitudes poll showed 69.4% are in favour, while the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll put the figure just slightly lower at 68%.

"Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI", the Irish Times reported.

Today, Irish citizens are voting on a referendum to repeal the country's abortion ban.

The song, which featured on 2012 debut '+', was used by pro-life supporters as they campaigned on the streets of Dublin ahead of Ireland's abortion referendum.

In case you're not familiar with what's been going on, the Irish Twittersphere have been cataloguing their journeys home to Ireland to repeal the eighth amendment.

He said: "I always get a little buzz from voting. There is a clear division between urban and rural communities geographically, between east and west, between old and young", said Barker.

However, campaign group Save The 8th says politicians are "effectively seeking a licence to kill pre-born babies, and to introduce an abortion model that is in many ways even more extreme than the British regime". "I hope Ireland will not make the same mistake today", John McGuirk, a prominent Irish abortion rights opponent, said. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalisation in recent years. Of course, the exit poll may be wrong, but it is hard to imagine that it could be wrong enough to call the final result into question.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's prime minister, or taoiseach, leaves a Dublin polling station after casting his vote in Friday's referendum.

"I think there are a lot of people who are reluctant to speak their minds".


Abortion is now only legal in Ireland in cases where the mother's life is at risk, and remains illegal in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality.

The count begins at 9:00am (0800 GMT) on Saturday, with the result expected to be announced at Dublin Castle later in the day.

Voters were asked if they wish to scrap a 1983 amendment to the constitution that gives an unborn child and its mother equal rights to life.

But across the city, Finbar O'Regan, 50, said he wanted a "good, strong No vote". But this is not simply a Catholic or Christian issue, he said, since "people of all faiths and none" have come together in a broad coalition of concern, sharing the belief that "innocent human life should be protected".

As per 1983 amendment, anyone terminating a pregnancy in Ireland could face 14 years in jail.

"Yes" campaigners like Coveney have argued that with over 3,000 women travelling to Britain each year for terminations and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion is already a reality in Ireland. The government proposes that terminations be allowed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The Irish government's push to liberalise the laws is in contrast to the United States, where abortion has always been legal, but President Donald Trump backs stripping federal funding from women's health care clinics that offer abortions.

The Taoiseach said the fact that Irish women had to travel to another jurisdiction to end their pregnancies, and sometimes do so in secret, had created a legacy of shame.

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