Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Irish Church urges voters to reject abortion and protect life

Irish Church urges voters to reject abortion and protect life

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. An exit poll published later on Friday night by RTÉ during the Late Late Show mirrored the projection seen in The Irish Times exit poll.

Ironically, due to Ireland being one of the few European Union countries that doesn't allow people overseas to vote via post or in embassies, thousands of Irish people living overseas have had to travel from across the world purely to cast their vote.

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.

The people of Offaly turned out in huge numbers today as the country decided whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution.

She said her vote would be one for solidarity and compassion, "a vote to say, I don't send you away anymore". That said, with a result of that magnitude, clearly there was very little to be done.

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".

Ireland has traditionally been one of the most religious countries in Europe.

The Taoiseach tweeted after the results of both the Irish Times and RTE exit polls were revealed.

People arriving at polling stations on Friday in more traditional rural areas and city centres spoke about the momentousness of a morally complex decision.

In a heartwarming trend, dozens of good Samaritans back home in Ireland have offered to sponsor strangers who otherwise can't afford to get home to vote.

A breakdown of the poll suggested young people had overwhelmingly vote for "Yes".


The effective prohibition on abortion in Ireland was partially lifted in 2013 for cases when a mother's life was in danger.

She said her "yes" vote would be a vote for solidarity and compassion. It's also a test of the apparent leftward shift of the electorate recently represented by Varadkar himself, the first openly gay prime minister in a once-deeply conservative country that had banned homosexuality until just a quarter-century ago.

"I feel like I've waited all of my adult life to have a say on this", she said.

Unless the woman's life is in danger, pregnancies can not be terminated, making these laws some of the strictest in Europe, and indeed the rest of the world.

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

Ireland's prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has said almost 200,000 women have traveled to Britain to terminate pregnancies in the 35 years since the amendment was passed.

Draft legislation released before the referendum would allow for relatively unrestricted abortions up until 12 weeks of pregnancy, subject to consultation with a doctor and a short waiting period.

Caoimhe Mulcahy, 27, an actor from County Clare in western Ireland, said it was a question of women's health and many had "really suffered" with unregulated, unsafe and illegal abortions.

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