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Campaigners make final pitches on eve of Ireland's abortion referendum

28 May, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • “Yes” vote supporters celebrate as the results in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws takes place at Dublin Castle

Pro-choice bioethicist Dr. Chris Kaposy, who is father to a son diagnosed with Down's syndrome, has lambasted what he calls a "propagandistic use" of kids like his own son by anti-abortion enthusiasts, who virtually put the vulnerable group into the center of a "contentious political debate", The Guardian reported.

He felt alienated by the campaign: "It's extraordinary the way the campaign focused so much on 'Me, me, me, ' the rights of the mother, and very little mention of the unborn child". The group said on its website that the referendum's outcome was a "tragedy of historic proportions", but McGuirk said the vote must be respected.

Specifically, Democrats could mobilize voters around repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bars any federal funding for abortion except in extremely specific cases, like to save the life of the mother.

Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a decades-long goal of the abortion movement.

A total of 66.4 percent of voters voted to scrap the present anti-abortion laws in Ireland in a Friday referendum, according to the final results announced by a returning officer here on Saturday evening. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002.

More people in Dublin, where the majority of residents supported the "repeal" campaign, voted in this referendum than in 2015 on same-sex "marriage" and in their general election. Exit polls showed around 87 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted for abortion.

In March, Ireland's Health Minister, Simon Harris, outlined what this government legislation would look like if the people voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment. The government proposes that terminations be allowed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

"It's a rather awesome situation that we're going into the constitution to remove a right and we're actually going in there to remove the fundamental right to life from all unborn children". "We are not a divided country", he said. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well.

This historic vote reflects changing demographics on the historically Catholic island country as more younger and secular people living in cities, such as the capital city of Dublin, are becoming more progressive on critical social issues.

Exit polls released on Saturday showed that it was a landslide victory of almost 70-30, per Vox.

Still, just before slipping his vote into the ballot box, he said, he whispered a prayer for victims of rape and incest, who, had the "yes" vote been rejected, would be barred from having an abortion.

Ireland's parliament will be charged with coming up with new abortion laws in the coming months.

They didn't, and her death was due to medical negligence, not lack of abortion, official investigations revealed.

The electorate will also be asked, if the 8th is abolished, to enable the Irish parliament to draw up legislation that would legalise abortion in hospitals for pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

In a post on Twitter, Mrs May said: "The Irish Referendum yesterday was an impressive show of democracy which delivered a clear and unambiguous result". Still others admitted the pre-born are humans, but advocated for killing them.

The vote is a "rejection of an Ireland that treated women as second-class citizens", she said, adding: "This is about women's equality and this day brings massive change, monumental change for women in Ireland, and there is no going back".

"We revealed a changed Ireland to the world and, more than that, I think we lit a beacon of hope for countries all over the world where people are working toward similar change", she said. "Quiet revolution" is a phrase used in a comparable situation in Quebec 60 years ago, where a traditionally Catholic culture liberalized in a short period.


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