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Northern Ireland under pressure after historic abortion vote

Northern Ireland under pressure after historic abortion vote

Kaposy - a bioethicist who has written a book around the ethics of prenatal testing "from a pro-choice, disability-positive perspective" - has accused the opponents of Irish abortion reform of dragging "a vulnerable group into a contentious political debate".

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 was a "tragedy of historic proportions", but McGuirk said the vote must still be respected. "However, a wrong does not become a right simply because a majority support it".

Mary Kenny, 24, from Limerick in western Ireland, could have been one of those women.

If Ireland votes "Yes" to repeal the Eighth Amendment, the existing article of the Constitution which was inserted in 1983, and the 1992 additions, will be replaced with this text: "Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy". In the end, 39 voted for repeal. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002.

"My obstetrician turned to me and said, 'If you want to end this pregnancy, it certainly won't be in Ireland".

"You know, nobody would say to vote away somebody else's right to life".

Varadkar's government now plans to quickly draw up legislation allowing abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Friday, Irish voters will decide whether to repeal that amendment.

"The Emerald Isle" is increasingly seeing banners and posters put up by anti-abortion campaigners showcasing images of kids with Down syndrome; the message beneath reads the following: "In Britain, 90% of babies with Down's syndrome are aborted". 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.

The country once known for its strong Catholic heritage and identity voted in 2015 to amend its constitution to permit same-sex "marriage".




Voters went to the polls after a campaign that aroused deep emotions on both sides.

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

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. Halappanavar died on 28 October.

Ireland is one of just a handful of countries in Europe that outlaws abortion.

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

With only days left before the Irish electorate votes on whether to introduce limited abortion into the state's hospitals, Dr Chris Kaposy has condemned the "propagandistic use" of children like his son by anti-abortion campaigners.

Some activists held a placard reading "Thank you for making the journey so other women don't have to" - a reference to the way Irish women seeking abortions have had to leave the country to obtain them. Still others admitted the pre-born are humans, but advocated for killing them.

When the results were announced, Taoiseach (that's Prime Minister to those of us outside Ireland) Leo Varadkar gave an incredible speech, remarking: "Today is an historic day for Ireland".

"To countries who maybe think that sometimes with a background quite similar to ours that this kind of change is not possible, I think yesterday that we showed this change is possible and I hope that those women will look to us as a sign of what they will achieve in their own future", she said. Facebook has admitted that Russian groups bought ads on its service in an effort to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

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