Anti-abortion group admits defeat in Irish vote

Exit polls show that voters in Ireland might have just legalized abortion by a landslide

Anti-abortion group admits defeat in Irish vote

The exit poll is only a prediction and the official count will be announced Saturday in the afternoon or evening.

The results also exposed large divisions between age groups, with voters over 65 mostly voting against repealing the ban on abortions, and 18 to 24-year-olds voting for repeal at roughly 87 percent.

This law was put on test yesterday in a referendum to decide whether to repeal Ireland's Eighth Amendment and change its current abortion laws.

Broadcasters are not allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. "Please do right by the great women of our nation". For opponents, it would be a betrayal of Ireland's commitment to protect the unborn.

The newspaper exit poll indicated overwhelming support for change.

Voters backed the removal of a wide-ranging constitutional block on terminations by about 68 percent to 32 percent, according to exit poll of about 4,500 voters commissioned by the Irish Times. The poll's margin of error was estimated at 1.5 per cent. Another, by RTE, showed a similar projection of 69.4 percent in favor.

That was in line with recommendations made by an all-party parliamentary committee, which came to a more liberal position than some had anticipated after concluding that legislating for termination for reasons of rape and incest was too complex.

Mr Wilson said the #hometovote moment had been "extremely instrumental" in getting people engaged in the referendum.

"At no stage has the government held out its hand to these women and said, 'How can I help you?"

Vera Rooney cast her ballot at the same polling place.

"The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child - it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist".

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

A subsequent referendum made it legal for women to travel to have abortions, and for information about abortions to be provided (previous to this, ads for abortion providers had been cut out of the pages of United Kingdom women's magazines that were imported into Ireland) but the ban on abortion was not rolled back.

Each year, it's estimated 3,500 Irish women travel overseas, mostly to Britain, to terminate pregnancies - and about 2,000 more illegally obtain abortion pills or administer the procedure themselves.

The government proposes to allow abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with later terminations allowed in some cases.

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.

The Irish government's push to liberalise the laws is in contrast to the United States, where abortion has always been legal, but President Donald Trump backs stripping federal funding from women's health care clinics that offer abortions. Ireland has always been one of Europe's most socially conservative countries, and contraception was only fully legalized in 1985, while divorce was banned until 1995.

Three separate referendums were held in November of the same year: the 12th Amendment attempted to remove suicide as grounds for abortion, but this was defeated.

Many contend that criminalising abortion does not stop it.

Letters to the editor published in the Irish Independent newspaper contained several emotional arguments urging voters to reject the repeal movement.

We have the journalist documenting every incredible airport entry. The vote was fiercely opposed by Catholic Church, which views life as beginning at conception and equates abortion to murder.

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