Irish Pro-Lifers Make Last-Ditch Appeal Before Abortion Vote

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The RTE poll used similar methods and projected the "yes" vote to be almost 70%.

"The size of the victory predicted by the exit poll leaves little doubt that, whatever the final count figures, the constitutional ban on abortion, inserted in a referendum in 1983, is set to be repealed", the Times has inferred.

The referendum on whether to repeal the country's strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European norm of abortion-on-demand, while for pro-abortion rights advocates, it is a fundamental moment for declaring an Irish woman's right to choose.

He wrote: "I hope Ireland votes yes on a 'women's right to choose" because no women has an abortion on a whim'.

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. "I've a family myself and I think it's really important", said John Devlin, a marketing worker in his 50s voting No near Dublin's city centre. "There is a clear division between urban and rural communities geographically, between east and west, between old and young", said Barker.

If the "yes" vote is confirmed, Ireland's parliament will be tasked with writing new regulations on abortion. Many of these groups are supported from overseas, and they often align themselves with the Catholic Church.

However, the 13th and 14th Amendments, which meant that women could travel overseas to have terminations and be given information about this, were both passed and added to the constitution.

Those away for less than 18 months remain eligible to vote at their former local polling station, and a majority appeared to back change.

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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.

The result is expected to be close after a polarising campaign, but the latest polls suggest voters are ready to overturn the ban.

Currently, the constitution's 8th amendment, established in 1983, says an "unborn child" has the same rights as its mother. In Europe, only Malta and Poland have similar laws.

Her father Andanappa Yalagi released a video calling on voters to "remember Savita" when they voted. 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.

Voters are choosing between retaining the Eighth Amendment, which says an unborn child has an equal right to life as the mother, or replacing it to include provision for "the regulation of termination of pregnancy".

"I feel like I've waited all of my adult life to have a say on this", she said. But in other cases, a doctor can face prosecution and up to 14 years in jail.

If the amendment is repealed, Irish women will be able to access abortions in their home nation without having to travel elsewhere.

The ban has led to thousands of women travelling each year to neighbouring Britain, where terminations are legal, or increasingly turning to abortion pills sold online. It is proposed that instead of the article, the government has proposed would act legislation and allow abortion up to 12 weeks.

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