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Eire abortion referendum: Polls shut in historic vote to repeal ban

DUBLIN, Eire — Voters in Eire went to the polls to resolve whether or not to repeal a few of the world’s most restrictive abortion legal guidelines. It might mark a serious shift for a rustic lengthy dominated by the Roman Catholic Church.

Months of divisive campaigning sparked a file turnout at some polling websites. 

Voters chosen “sure” or “no” on the query of repealing Eire’s eighth Modification, which banned all abortions besides when a mom’s life is in danger. In Europe, solely Malta and Poland have comparable legal guidelines. 

Amongst these casting their ballots have been 1000’s of returning expats like Sorcha Lowry who flew in from New York. 

“I knew I needed to spend this cash that I did not have,” she stated. 

Eire adopted the ban in 1983, however help has waned because the nation has grown extra liberal, legalizing divorce and homosexual marriage. A ballot by the Irish Instances earlier this week gave the pro-abortion rights marketing campaign a 12-point lead. An exit ballot by the paper reveals the repeal camp might win by a landslide.

“Eire undoubtedly is a beacon for the remainder of the world,” stated Emily Faulkner, an American pro-life campaigner. Faulkner flew in to not vote, however to affix the anti-abortion rights marketing campaign. 

Faulkner stated that even when Eire votes to legalize abortion, “that may by no means cease our combat. That may simply make us combat more durable in opposition to abortion.”

There was concern over overseas affect on the vote after revelations of meddling within the U.S. election. Earlier this month, Fb and Google banned advertisements from marketing campaign teams exterior Eire.

At the moment’s vote is seen as a referendum on the long run route of the nation. With one in 5 folks going into the voting sales space undecided, the ultimate vote might nonetheless be tight when the outcomes are introduced tomorrow.

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