Some Irish Catholics worried, dismayed after abortion vote

Aaron Brown
May 28, 2018

In exceptional cases, such as when the life of the mother is in danger or the fetus is malformed, a termination would be allowed up to the 22nd week of pregnancy.

If citizens vote in favor of repeal, new abortion laws will then be discussed in parliament.

There were reports of strong turnout in many parts of the country, particularly in urban areas. Dublin Central posted 76.5 percent for repeal, while two constituencies in the southern capital of Cork City polled 64 percent and nearly 69 percent.

"It was so worth it, even just to see what's happening", she said from the Dublin airport, where she was preparing to fly back to Canada on Saturday afternoon. From morning, however, it has seemed clear that overnight predictions of a massive vote for constitutional change were accurate. Her parents in India were quoted by the Irish Times newspaper as thanking their "brothers and sisters" in Ireland and requesting the new law be called "Savita's law". 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.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Varadkar criticized those opposed to abortion for some campaign advertising.

"Under the Eighth Amendment, the only thing we could say to women in this country was 'Take a flight or take a boat, '" Health Minister Simon Harris told Irish broadcaster RTE.

A doctor, author and father of a son with Down's syndrome has hit out at Ireland's anti-abortion lobby for using children with the condition during campaigning for Friday's referendum. "We are not a divided country", he said.

Attention is turning to Ireland's parliament now that the country's citizens have voted in landslide numbers to remove the abortion ban from its constitution. A leading anti-abortion group admitted defeat Saturday.

"This is a monumental day for women in Ireland", said Orla O'Connor, co-director of the Together for Yes group.

Irish citizens will be voting on whether to repeal the country's constitutional ban on abortion, but it's not going to just be those who live or are now in the country.

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"I feel very emotional", she said.

In a statement released today, the Grand Lodge of Ireland said it was calling on its "members, supporters and friends" to follow the Bible's teaching and reject the repeal of the constitution's Eighth Amendment.

The referendum is a vote on whether or not to scrap the Eighth Amendment.

Despite the images put up by anti-abortion groups, Kaposy, a lecturer in bioethics at Memorial University in Canada, claimed that liberalized reforms would not be a pretext for abortions, since in most cases screening tests reveal the syndrome only at 13 weeks and later, and the condition according to him, does not pose fatal health risks to the would-be mother and nor to the embryo.

"There was just so much solidarity with everyone I saw", Sweeney said.

Vera Rooney voted against repeal. "The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues".

Under pressure from the United Nations about alleged degrading treatment of women who travelled to England for terminations, the Irish Government began exploring the possibility of further reform, culminating in the calling of this referendum and the promise to legislate.

A woman walks past a new Pro-Choice mural by a graffiti artist collective called "Subset" ahead of a 25th May referendum on abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland May 22, 2018.

The hashtag #hometovote was one of the top trending issues on Twitter on Wednesday, as it was three years ago when Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt gay marriage by popular vote.

The proposed legislation will allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to the 24th week in exceptional circumstances.

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