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Second exit poll projects large victory for Yes side in Abortion Referendum

26 May, 2018, 13:39 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion

Official results were not expected until Saturday afternoon, but the exit polls - released by the Irish Times and RTE television - indicate that the 1983 amendment, which effectively bans abortions unless in rare cases when a woman's life is at risk, will be repealed.

Kelly pointed out that in Connacht/Ulster, traditionally seen as the most conservative region in the country, the exit poll indicated that 59 percent voted for change.

"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.

Irish voters are getting the chance to decide whether or not the nation should repeal the Eighth Amendment - an amendment to the Irish Constitution which upholds the right to life of unborn children.

Reacting to the exit polls on Friday night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, a vocal proponent of liberalisation, tweeted: "It's looking like we will make history tomorrow".

And it is a moment brought about by the untimely and tragic death of a vivacious young Indian woman from Karnataka after she was denied an abortion six years ago caused widespread outrage across Ireland and revulsion at what many saw as the country's archaic abortion laws.

The pro-choice campaign had an early lead in opinion polls but lost some of its advantage in recent weeks and experts have predicted the result could be exceptionally close, with many voters still undecided.

RTE reported a "lively" and "brisk" turnout at polling stations across the country.

She was a successful dentist who lived with her husband Praveen in Galway, on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland - one of the most breathtakingly handsome parts of the world. "Whether you agree or disagree, it shouldn't be the government or anyone else making that decision". One in southwest Dublin offered hugs to people who voted in favour of repealing the ban.

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As Irish voters are deciding whether or not to decriminalize abortion, a similar controversy over abortion is coming to South Korea's Constitutional Court.

Doctors who perform an abortion outside the law could be imprisoned for up to 14 years. Illegal abortions are fairly common and in many cases go unprosecuted.

The Irish government has proposed that if the eighth amendment is repealed, abortion will be allowed up to 12 weeks and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.

Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said Ireland has sent a clear signal that we will no longer criminalise tragedy or turn our backs on women who need our care, support and compassion in a time of need.

Campaigning was not allowed Friday, but Dublin was still filled with signs and banners urging citizens to vote "yes" or "no".

#RepealThe8th, promoted by those who are pro-choice (against abortion ban), has been used nearly 90,000 times on Instagram, and even more times on Twitter and Facebook.

Voting has already taken place on Ireland's remote islands so that paper ballots can be taken to the mainland and counted in time.

"If we vote "yes" every unborn, wanted and unwanted, will have zero rights", wrote Frances Kelleher, from Killarney.


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