Ireland set to repeal abortion ban in historic vote

Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion

According to Irish broadcaster RTE, it could be the highest turnout for a referendum, potentially overtaking the 61 percent who backed gay marriage in 2015. Votes are expected to be counted on Saturday morning, with an official result to be declared later that day. He thinks a majority of voters will choose to liberalize abortion laws.

Abortion has always been illegal in Ireland, but in 1983, pro-life activists pressured the government to make future abortion legislation more hard and a referendum to amend the constitution was held.

"If anything, I'm sitting a little bit more comfortably after the last week having viewed the debates and the general moods and commentary of the "No" camp", said Richard Colwell, chief executive of Red C, whose latest poll on Sunday showed 56 percent for, 27 percent against and 14 percent still undecided.

If the vote favors repealing the Eighth Amendment, its current language would be replaced by the phrase: "Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy". And all over the internet, the #HomeToVote hashtag is full of Irish people flying home from around the world to vote in favour of the right to choose.

If a woman falls pregnant in Ireland it is illegal for her to seek an abortion under the eighth amendment, which states that mother and child have the same "right to life".

And this was very much one of those situations, as the RTÉ result allowed pretty much every single person on Twitter to make the exact same joke.

The referendum concerns the 8th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection to preborn children and their mothers.

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This comes as a Monday Sky Data poll shows 47 percent of those surveyed support legalizing abortion through the first trimester of pregnancy while those against abortion number 37 percent and 11 percent remain undecided.

No social issue has divided Ireland's 4.8 million people as sharply as abortion, which was pushed up the political agenda by the death in 2012 of a 31-year-old Indian immigrant from a septic miscarriage after she was refused a termination.

"So many women have traveled across to England to take care of their family and healthcare needs and I think it's a disgrace and it needs to change", she said, referring to women who travel to Britain for abortions.

Since the inception of e-commerce, Irish women have been illegally purchasing abortion pills online, of which 1,200 were seized in one year alone. "It's a vote as to whether we trust the women of Ireland to make decisions about their own lives for themselves".

In short - it looks likely Ireland will shortly be making abortion freely available to women. Ciara Grealy, 21, from Dublin, said: "I don't know see we should export women to another country to have something that should be done safely and legally here".

After previously tweeting that "the 8th amendment prevents nothing but the safety and dignity of our fellow citizens".

They're flying home because Ireland requires people to be in the country to vote in referendums, unlike other countries that allow overseas voting.

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