Home » World

Ireland abortion referendum: Repeal the Eighth facts

26 May, 2018, 17:28 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Irish Students Offered Grants to Fly Home and Vote ‘Yes’ to Abortion			PAUL FAITH  AFP  Getty		23 May 2018

But founder Mara Clarke, says they can not always help.

"It's very emotional reading through [the hashtag] on Twitter", Downey said.

Nothing would change. The constitution, in conjunction with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, only allows for abortion where there is real and substantial risk to the life - as distinct from the health - of the pregnant woman. They have also cursed and called her "slut", and one tore up a poster.

Still stinging from charges that it was exploited in the last USA presidential election by shadowy Russian groups that spread propaganda and promoted false, divisive stories, Facebook on May 8 announced that it would no longer accept referendum-related ads from outside Ireland.

Many expatriate Irish have travelled home to vote in one of the few European Union countries that does not allow those overseas to vote via post or in embassies. This treats an unborn fetus with a right to life that is equal to a mother's, effectively eliminating all abortions-even in cases of rape and incest. "It is a vote for hope and for an end to the exile of women in need of safe health care".

Polls a week before the vote showed the "yes" side ahead, but its lead had narrowed from earlier surveys - and a significant group remained undecided.

Ireland has been changing fast. The country has legalized easier access to contraception, divorce, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. "I'm part of this progressive generation, a lecturer in university and I'm surrounded by university students every day".

"What we wanted to do, initially, was to come over to Ireland and to have conversations with the Irish and try to appeal to them and help them to see what happened in our country, so that the same thing doesn't happen there", Nathan said. "We all have a right to life", Ms Maynes said. Outlawing it has never stopped it from happening, it's only made it more likely that women will suffer while trying to access one.

Abortion is illegal in Ireland but thousands of women leave the country to obtain the procedure, with most traveling to the nearby United Kingdom.

2 victims in Indiana middle school shooting hospitalized; suspected shooter in custody
A student at an IN middle school says he saw his science teacher tackle a fellow student who fired shots inside the classroom. There was a massive law enforcement response to the school, about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Thousands of abortion-rights opponents demonstrate in Dublin on March 10.

Unlike in 1983, when religion was front and centre and abortion was a taboo subject for most people, the campaign was instead defined by women on both sides publicly describing their personal experiences of terminations.

Ireland's attorney general warned at the time that the wording of the amendment was too ambiguous and could have potentially negative consequences for women's healthcare. At the former Catholic-run Mother and Baby Home in Bessboro historian, Sandra McAvoy detailed the mistreatment of unmarried mothers and children. Their babies were often given up for adoption. "There's all that history of fear and stigma and shame and marginalization".

Also, it's hard to take seriously the claim that "men protect lives" in a country whose formally recognised religion has been responsible for covering up the widespread sexual abuse of children by - you guessed it! - the male clergy!

The restrictions are being introduced in one of the most hotly contested national votes in recent memory.

The referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland takes place on Friday, May 25th. The provision, known as the Eighth Amendment, has meant that Ireland's abortion law is amongst the most restrictive in the world.

"What I see now in the final days of this campaign is a tactic by the "No" campaign to try and make out that there is some sort of alternative amendment that we could put into our constitution", Varadkar, who is campaigning for a "Yes" vote, told parliament.

"I think what we are expected to vote on tomorrow is removing the rights of the unborn child, and that's what I don't want", she said. "My dad was a religion teacher for 40 years; my mum grew up in East Galway".

Recommended:

  • Yes, this is a Civic Type R pickup truck

    Yes, this is a Civic Type R pickup truck

    The ute is based on a standard road Type R in pre-production form and uses the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox. Before you get too excited, Honda has no production plans for the Honda Civic Type R pickup truck concept.
    Champions League final: Klopp speaks on Zidane being

    Champions League final: Klopp speaks on Zidane being "tactically clueless"

    "What I said to the boys before the semifinal [against Roma] was that I don't think we are [here for] the last time ". I was very happy that he could sign, and proud [for him] because later Michael Owen came, Jonathan Woodgate came.
    Ireland projected to overturn abortion ban in landslide vote

    Ireland projected to overturn abortion ban in landslide vote

    Official counting is due to begin on Saturday morning, with a result expected late in the afternoon. A complete ban was lifted in Ireland five years ago for cases where the mother's life is in danger.
  • Rain Likely By Memorial Day

    Rain Likely By Memorial Day

    If you live in a flood-prone area keep a close eye on water levels this weekend and never attempt to drive through flooded roads. At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 86.8 West.
    One of one: Unique track-day auto  by Ferrari One-Off

    One of one: Unique track-day auto by Ferrari One-Off

    Ferrari has revealed its latest one-off creation, known as the SP38 and based on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB . At the side, the 488 GTB's air intake is replaced by bodywork at the SP38's shoulder, moved to next to the rear side window.
    Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

    Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

    That could happen if a fissure opens at or near Highway 130, portions of which have been plated over because of ground cracks. Although some residents, like Debbie Smith, are opting to stay put, at least for the time being. "It's just a wait and see".
  • Liverpool Fans Livid with Club's Plans For Champions League Trophy Parade

    Liverpool Fans Livid with Club's Plans For Champions League Trophy Parade

    All of the players signed shirts for the 50 guests present before asking questions on the Champions League final against Liverpool .
    Klopp's rousing speech inspired Champions League run - Henderson

    Klopp's rousing speech inspired Champions League run - Henderson

    Klopp predicted there would be more finals, outlining his vision of where he wanted the club to go, and Henderson was hooked. Liverpool travel to Kiev this weekend to face European giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
    Fiat Chrysler recalls almost  5 million cars over cruise control problem

    Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

    Included are 4.8 million vehicles in the US , another 490,000 in Canada and an undetermined number in Mexico and other countries. In 2015, Fiat Chrysler booked a 602 million-euro ($705 million) after-tax charge, mainly for estimated future recall costs.
  • Indian police face fury over shooting deaths of 10 protesters

    Indian police face fury over shooting deaths of 10 protesters

    Palaniswami added that families of the victims would be offered one million rupees ($14,700) in compensation. Vedanta has denied all the allegations against it and says it plans to double the capacity of its plant.
    IPL 2018 KKR vs SRH Qualifier 2 scores update

    IPL 2018 KKR vs SRH Qualifier 2 scores update

    They defended 169 in the eliminator and knocked out Rajasthan Royals from the tournament after registering a 25-run victory. IPL 2018 Live Cricket Score, SRH vs KKR Live Score: Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost four games in a row.
    Uber shuts down self-driving car program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Uber shuts down self-driving car program in Arizona after fatal crash

    The fatality prompted Uber to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. The firm is also conducting a "top-to-bottom safety review" of its self-driving programme, including software and training.


Popular

Caroline Wozniacki praises Salah ahead of Champions League final
Bob Bradley will be more than an admirer as he watches Egypt play in the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next month. Asked if the pair could perform well together, Brazilian Ronaldo said: "Cristiano and Neymar are compatible, of course".

Rockets' Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 against Warriors
He couldn't even get up to get back on defense in the crucial final moments and limped around until being taken out seconds later. Now he and the Warriors are just waiting on the team's head performance therapist Chelsea Lane to clear Iguodala.

Arsenal interested in Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini
Lichtsteiner, 34, is due to become a free agent and Emery is keen to bring the experienced right-back to north London. The 34-year-old Switzerland global is out of contract with the Italian champions this summer.

President Trump Says North Korea Summit Still Possible
The White House on Thursday cited a prolonged period of silence as one of the factors in scrapping the June 12 date. USA officials also complained North Koreans did not show up to preparatory meetings and would not answer calls .

Rice Could Lose Its Nutritional Value Due to Rising CO2 Levels
Compared with current concentrations, the rice crops' nutrient contents all suffered under higher carbon dioxide levels. The experiments were conducted by Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.

LeBron Scores 46, Cavaliers Beat Celtics 109-99 To Force Game 7
James turned the ball over six times and couldn't finish easily at the rim like he has at other times this postseason. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James roars in delight after nailing a three-pointer against the Boston Celtics .

Commercial satellites deployed by SpaceX rocket
That promises at least an order of magnitude accuracy improvement, said Frank Flechtner, GRACE-FO project manager at GFZ. When water or ice fills an area - such as a coastline or river basin - the liquid slightly increases that area's mass.

Netherlands, Australia holding Russian Federation 'accountable' for downing of MH17
He told reporters gathered for a press conference in Utrecht that "the 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces". Of the 298 people killed, 196 were Dutch, 42 were Malaysian and 27 were Australian.

Donald Trump Elevates Conspiracy Theory To Government Plot On White House Lawn
Democrats demanded to receive the same briefing. "I think that would be a good idea", Cornyn said. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said after the meeting.

NOAA: Near- to above-average hurricane season expected
Robichaud said Canadians can prepare for hurricane season by assembling emergency kits and readying their homes and properties. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, peaks from August to October , and extends to November 30.