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Young Americans Fight To Keep Abortion Out Of Ireland

26 Mai 2018

There is a cautious optimism amongst pro-choice campaigners that Friday's vote will prove a historic victory for those who fight for a secular society. The hashtag has been used nearly 90,000 times on Instagram, with users sharing photos of themselves wearing clothing with the word "Repeal" emblazoned on the front.

Since then a number of high profile cases in which women died after being refused terminations has brought the issue to the fore, resulting in legislation allowing for limited abortion in cases where there is a risk to the woman's life, including by suicide.

Parents reunited with their children at the arrival gates, friends reconnecting after spending time apart and the simple home comforts of Ireland are all being enjoyed but, of course, the main issue revolves around Friday's vote. According to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute, 25 million unsafe abortions occurred every year between 2010 and 2014.

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With the opportunity to voice their view on repeal or retaining the Eighth Amendment either way, the Irish public faces a momentous decision - and one that will have ramifications for generations to come.

Tara Flynn was 37 when she found out she was pregnant. "I'm someone. Not someone's choice".

A poster calling for a No vote in the referendum is seen in Dublin, Ireland. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, this is exactly what No campaigners have been doing in the lead up to the vote.

It says the current law protects the mother as much as the baby, and deny the rules have ever stopped doctors giving a woman life-saving treatment when she needed it.

It wasn't until 12 years later that the last Magdalene Laundry - the church-owned institutions where "fallen women" were sent as punishment for being pregnant outside of marriage - was closed. Their entire adult lives have been shaped by this series of tragedies and by the legacy of 35 years of inaction by successive Irish governments which created those tragedies. "It doesn't stop abortions, and we can't have a state with a lie in one of its foundational documents".

"Vote no" group Save the Eighth in favour of keeping the amendment is receiving most of its support from the Catholic community.

Eugene Murphy, a lawmaker in Fianna Fáil, usually considered to be the most anti-abortion among the country's mainstream parties, says he has made up his mind to vote against repeal, but not without thinking hard about it. Mr. Murphy says he objects to the government's stated plan to allow abortion on demand, which is likely to pass if repeal is approved.

Here, the Abortion Reform Bill received its first reading in the Legislative Council yesterday.

"We have been egged on the streets, received death threats for being here and been called a multitude of profane words", Faulkner told The Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday in an email.

In Dublin, 27-year-old retail worker Emma-Kate O'Callahan is urging people to vote Yes.

If Ireland votes in favor of repealing the 8th amendment, the government has said it will introduce legislation permitting unrestricted abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. "She's a young woman".

I was 37. When the shock settled we were overjoyed and all went well until 24 weeks, when I was told at a scan there may be a problem with her, so we went to Dublin to get her checked.

Doctors may choose not to perform abortions if they oppose the procedure for moral reasons, but they must make arrangements for the patient to be transferred to a different practitioner. The two most recent surveys showed the "Yes" side pulling further ahead. Abortion in Ireland is illegal under almost all circumstances, including cases of rape and incest, and carries a potential prison sentence of up to 14 years. With such large numbers of undecided voters, it is conceivable that either side could secure a narrow victory on Friday.

Young Americans Fight To Keep Abortion Out Of Ireland