Ireland votes to legalize abortionBy Michael Cook
NRL News Today - May 29, 2018
Ireland has legalized abortion by repealing the Eighth Amendment to its constitution. Turnout was strong, with about 60% of the electorate casting a vote after a long and hard-fought campaign on both sides.
According to exit polls, women were strongly in favour of repeal, with 70% in favour, and 30% against. About 65% of men voted in favour of repeal. The highest Yes vote was in the capital, Dublin, where some 77% voted to repeal.
Although supporters of a No vote hoped that rural voters would back their campaign, it appears that 60% of them voted to repeal.
The Eighth Amendment, passed in a 1983 referendum, gave the unborn an equal right to life as the mother and therefore prohibited nearly all abortions unless a mother’s life was at risk. As a sign of how much traditionally Catholic Ireland has changed, the 1983 referendum passed by nearly the same margin – 67% to 33%.
The government will now draft legislation, which will probably allow for abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. A woman seeking an abortion from a doctor will would have to wait for three days after a consultation. If she wanted to continue, she would be able to take an abortion pill.
Subscribe to our monthly email, Life Light, for guidance from God's Word on life and family issues. Enjoy articles, Q&As, devotions and resources designed for you - delivered right to your inbox.
Would a friend, relative, or acquaintance find a particular page or article useful? Fill out the form below to send it to a friend!
Please fill out the small form below to leave a comment or suggestion about the page you were just visiting. Any and all feedback is appreciated! Your feedback will help make our website even better.