Irish expats head home in droves to vote in abortion referendum

Irish expats head home in droves to vote in abortion referendum

Irish expats head home in droves to vote in abortion referendum

Irish citizens who have been living overseas for 18 months or less are eligible to vote, and it's the first opportunity for a referendum on abortion in 35 years.

The outcome was a historic victory for women's rights in a traditionally Catholic country.

There have been five previous votes on repealing the Eighth Amendment, all of which failed.

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.

Yes vote supporters at a Diaspora Downunder Dollars for Choice event in Melbourne.

The fight to protect that law has resulted in women being denied medication they needed and in some case, dying. She believes the laws in her home country have fostered the oppression of women.

Meanwhile the Catholic Church has largely taken a back seat in the campaign - mindful, according to experts, that an overly dogmatic approach could have the reverse effect of encouraging a pro-abortionvote.

The pro-repeal "Abroad for Yes" campaign has set up an online platform to connect those who can not vote with those who are eligible but can not afford to travel.

"It's legal in some states [in Australia] and at least de-stigmatised in others, so we do feel like we can talk about this issue without fear of judgement". 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.

They didn't, and her death was due to medical negligence, not lack of abortion, official investigations revealed. "If you can find anybody today who said they were expecting this majority, I'd love to meet them". This isn't the provision of healthcare. "We are not a divided country", he said.

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The debate over whether Ireland should change its abortion laws, now some of the strictest in Europe, has played out with bitter intensity on the streets of Dublin, in ferocious television debates, controversial online ads, via church pulpits and hard family discussions. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 per cent.

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"It doesn't stop abortions, and we can't have a state with a lie in one of its foundational documents". In New South Wales, that also includes financial and social stress. The Irish voted by 67 percent to add the Eighth Amendment to their constitution in 1983, making the Emerald Isle a uniquely safe place for pre-born babies in contrast to the rest of the West's liberal abortion regimes.

"A vote for "yes" tomorrow isn't a vote for abortion, it is a vote for solidarity, it is a vote for compassion", she said.

"She didn't get the medical treatment she needed because of the Eighth Amendment", Halappanavar's father told the Guardian this month. The UN's Human Rights committee has condemned Ireland's abortion laws as "cruel, inhuman and degrading".

"I hope that we can all demonstrate solidarity with each other in our various struggles because ultimately access to abortion should not depend on where you live".

The Government has already published draft legislation to be introduced if the amendment is repealed. "I have some reservations about what the legislation will be: I have a problem with abortion at up to 12 weeks unrestricted". (Two doctors would have to agree that the risk existed.) They also would be allowed if doctors agree that the fetus wouldn't survive outside the womb or would die of an abnormality shortly after.

Below two London-based Irish women supporting opposite sides of the debate, tell The Irish Post why they are committed to their campaigns. "My experience in Dublin as a male is clearly very different to that of my female friends which is one of the reasons why this vote is so important".

Having experienced firsthand the abortion culture here in England, I know that [many] babies with Down syndrome are aborted here, and having a first cousin with Down syndrome I know that his little life and all people with special needs have the same right to life as us and we shouldn't have that choice to end their lives just because they need that extra help. Many young, conservative women share pro-life views, including 21-year-old Dublin student Maria Maynes.

The Amendment establishes one of the most basic principles of our society and guarantees the right to life of all human beings, regardless of individual circumstance.

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