Irish citizens prepare to vote on abortion laws

by Garry Watts May 28, 2018, 1:02
Irish citizens prepare to vote on abortion laws

That number has fallen dramatically in recent years as women turned to online websites to illegally import drugs that end pregnancies. For many, the victory was vindication after years of opposing the abortion ban, which required Irish authorities to defend the lives of a woman and a fetus as equals under the law from the moment of conception.

The first to declare was Galway East, a traditionally conservative constituency in the west that nonetheless returned a large majority for repealing the abortion ban by a 60.2 percent to 39.8 percent vote. That has resulted in many women every day going overseas for terminations.

Postal votes had to be received for the Irish abortion referendum by Saturday, April 28. Perhaps more parents would choose children with this condition if they knew these facts. Donegal, in the northwest of the country, is the only county in Ireland where Tally men and women think the "no" vote might narrowly prevail.

"This has been a great exercise in democracy", Varadkar said, "and the people have spoken and the people have said: We want a modern constitution for a modern country, and that we trust women and that we respect them to make the right decisions and the right choices about their own health care".

Thousands of Irish people overseas travelled home to take part in the historic referendum, and supporters of repeal gathered at Dublin Airport to give arrivals an ecstatic welcome. "All of us have underestimated our country", she said before breaking down in tears.

Proponents have characterised it as a modernising measure which shows compassion for the thousands of women who travel to Britain to undergo the procedure and will allow Ireland to take back control within its own health service. A leading anti-abortion group admitted defeat Saturday.

"Not taking anything for granted of course, but quietly confident", he said, adding that the upside of a sunny day in Ireland is that people come out to vote.

On Friday, Irish voters will cast their ballots in a referendum which could end the country's ban on abortions.

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Referring to his nine-year-old son, Aaron, Kaposy said: "As the father of a child with Down's syndrome, I am opposed to the propagandistic use of people like my son in attempts to limit reproductive rights, as has happened in the Irish debate, as well as in the legislative actions taken in various American states to outlaw the abortion of foetuses with Down's syndrome".

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

Voters were asked if they wanted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to their constitution.

It will also debate in Parliament whether to allow abortion in specific cases when the woman is at grave risk or the foetus is likely to die in the womb or shortly after birth. Exit polls also showed that nearly every age group backed repeal with the highest percentage of support coming from voters aged 18 to 24 who voted 88 per cent in favor of dropping the constitutional ban. Officials results are expected Saturday afternoon.

I'm hoping that people will just say this isn't a compassionate thing to do. Friday, Irish voters will decide whether to repeal that amendment.

Around two hours later Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, a vocal advocate for repeal, voted in the city. May to seize the opportunity to reform Northern Ireland's abortion law. Legislation permitting abortion still has to be introduced and passed in the country's parliament. Currently, women who are impregnated through rape or incest can not terminate a pregnancy.

Michelle Sweeney said there was no way a mere 7,000 kilometres could stop her from making the journey from Vancouver to Dublin to vote in Friday's historic Irish referendum on abortion.

One woman who flew to the Netherlands for an abortion she could not get at home says she is voting "yes" to support others in a similar predicament.

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