Official tally shows big win for abortion rights in Ireland

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Ireland on Saturday voted to overturn the country's controversial ban on abortion.

Irish pro-choice campaigners have vowed to stand with and support advocates of abortion reform in Northern Ireland.

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". "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it".

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

The amendment, or article 40.3.3 of the constitution, gives unborn foetuses and pregnant mothers an equal right to life - and is, in effect, a ban on abortion.

Ireland, it seems, could soon have a new reality as early leads suggest the country is heading for a resounding "Yes" in Friday's referendum on the eighth amendment.

In his statement Saturday, Varadkar acknowledged that those who voted against the repeal likely feel that they no longer recognize their country. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002.

"I don't think you'll find many people on our side of the referendum who don't accept the result".

It is frustrating to watch other men tell female canvassers that "my vote is none of your business"; part of the problem is that continued inaction has meant that an alphabet of women, from Ms ABC to X, have had their intimate business dragged across courts and papers, while governments fail to spell "justice".

Referring to his nine-year-old son, Aaron, Kaposy said: "As the father of a child with Down's syndrome, I am opposed to the propagandistic use of people like my son in attempts to limit reproductive rights, as has happened in the Irish debate, as well as in the legislative actions taken in various American states to outlaw the abortion of foetuses with Down's syndrome". Before the referendum, the government had pledged to pass legislation by the end of the year to allow unrestricted terminations up to 12 weeks if the amendment was set aside.

Exit polls from the Irish Times and broadcaster RTE suggested the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

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"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".

While some countries have conditions such as requiring authorisation by one or more doctors in place, these are not always a barrier in practice, she said.

Two polls on behalf of national broadcaster RTE and the Irish Times correctly suggested a landslide victory for the Yes campaign.

Abortions would be accessible to women who are in their first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Halappanavar, 31, spontaneously miscarried and later died. Under Ireland's abortion laws, the woman would have been permitted an abortion had doctors realized how sick she was when she came to the hospital.

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

"I congratulate the Irish people on their decision and all of #Together4Yes on their successful campaign".

Irish people are preparing to cast their ballots on Friday on whether they want to remove the Eighth Amendment of the country's institution.

The Ireland Abortion Referendum reverses a ban that has been in place since 1983.

Since then around 170,000 Irish women have gone overseas for a termination, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, as he called for voters to take a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to change the law.

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".

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