Irish overwhelmingly vote to legalise abortion, exit poll suggests

Irish overwhelmingly vote to legalise abortion, exit poll suggests

Irish overwhelmingly vote to legalise abortion, exit poll suggests

Support among men was 65 percent pro-choice and 35 percent anti-abortion.

"The 8th did not create an unborn child's right to life - it merely acknowledged it", McGuirk said.

Earlier Saturday, a leading anti-abortion group called the vote a "tragedy of historic proportions" as it conceded defeat. "The right exists, independent of what a majority says".

Ireland has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Dublin voter Helen, 47, who did not want to give her surname and is now unemployed after suffering cancer, said her radiation treatment would have been stopped had she been pregnant, under existing laws giving equal right to life to expectant mothers and unborn babies. In 1983, 67% citizens voted to insert the Eighth Amendment into the constitution.

Ireland's Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said she was grateful to the voters for repealing the eighth amendment. The vote will only lead to the removal of Eighth Amendment from the Ireland's constitution. But even in rural Ireland, where support was expected to be far lower, 60 percent of people voted Yes. It became apparent that abortion advocates had won and only 14 students utilized the room, The Guardian reported.

If confirmed by the official tally, the large margin of victory predicted by the exit polls would greatly strengthen the government's hand when dealing with abortion opponents in parliament.

Varadkar's government has proposed that if the amendment is repealed, abortion will be allowed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances. Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country.

The group have said they are "committed" to providing abortion care in Ireland.

Ireland, which garnered much praises after electing a gay prime minister past year, continues to deny women the right to abort.

Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance Party in neighbouring Northern Ireland, said "eyes will now turn" to the British-ruled province, where abortion and same-sex marriage remain illegal, unlike the rest of the United Kingdom.

In light of the exit poll results, the main group opposing the liberalization of the country's abortion law conceeded on Saturday that it had lost the election. If a woman's health is threatened or in cases of fatal fetal abnormality, abortions up to the 23rd week would be legal.

Three official investigations found that the 31-year-old died of a blood infection caused by "extremely virulent bacteria", E. coli ESBL. "I hope Ireland will not make the same mistake today", John McGuirk, a prominent Irish abortion rights opponent, said.

For decades, many Irish people saw the amendment as a symbol of the country's deeply-held Catholic faith.

The heated, emotional campaign saw limits placed on social media advertisements nationwide, with Facebook and Google banning campaign ads after concerns from experts that some campaign ads were funded by us based anti-abortion groups. " He described the vote as "the culmination of a quiet revolution in Ireland".

But in the small town of Kilcullen, some 50 kilometres (32 miles) southwest of Dublin, voter Sean Murphy said: "I don't see any reason to change from the position we are in at the moment".

Perhaps it's no wonder, then, that thousands of Irish expatriates returned home to make their own voices heard - so many, in fact, that the wave of flights home spawned a popular hashtag on Twitter: #hometovote.

In 2016, more than 3,000 Irish people traveled to England to have abortions.

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