Irish Abortion Referedum: People Travel #HomeToVote for Possible Ban Repeal – Where Else Is Abortion Still Illegal?

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The Irish will vote on Friday whether to scrap the eighth amendment to their constitution, passed in 1983 that says a fetus has an equal right to life as the mother and do not allow abortions.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know how is preparing for the poll and what other countries still have highly restrictive abortion laws.

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Source: James Forde/For The Washinton Post

History-changing decision 

Abortion is illegal in – except when there’s a “real and substantial risk” to the mother’s life – and 3,000 women like O’Donnell travel some 200 kilometers (124 miles) across the Irish Sea each year for a termination in the UK. On average, nine Irish women travel to England and Wales every day for the procedure.

The combined cost of travel, accommodation and procedure can range from a few hundred dollars in the early stages of pregnancy to $4,000 later in the term.

Come May 25, will go to the polls in a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which says a fetus has an equal right to life as the mother.
A yes vote would open the doors to legislation allowing abortion up to 12 weeks gestation — and later in cases in which there is a risk to the mother’s life or the fetus is not expected to survive.

A no vote would keep ’s abortion laws, some of the strictest in the European Union. , for centuries guided and dominated by the Catholic Church, its culture and its priests. Seeking or providing an abortion is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Since 2013, there has been an exception for when a mother’s life is at risk.

Between 1980 and 2016, at least 170,000 Irish women traveled to Britain for abortions. And thousands more each year — an accurate count is impossible because the practice is both hidden and illegal — perform do-it-yourself abortions at home, without medical supervision, with pills they buy on the internet and smuggle into .

#HomeToVote

Taking into account that many Irish voters live around the world, now they are returning to cast their ballots in Friday’s referendum on whether or not to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment.

The #HomeToVote hashtag has seen a flurry of activity in recent days, as men and women share their journeys home.

From car shares, to offers of beds for the night, the movement has been propelled by social media. A similar movement also took off ahead of the 2015 vote that legalised same-sex marriage.

People on both sides of the argument are travelling back to vote, but the movement has been spearheaded by the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign – a pro-choice group that believes some 40,000 people who recently left could be eligible to vote.

How Facebook is influencing the Irish abortion referendum

Source: theguardian

In May Google announced a ban on all ads relating to the referendum and Facebook announced that it was blocking all foreign referendum advertising. However, Facebook is still a major factor in this campaign.

In an attempt to build a picture of how both sides of the referendum are using Facebook to influence voters, the Transparency Initiative Referendum has been examining adverts, including boosted posts, that have appeared in the feeds of 600 Irish-based Facebook users.

Abortion in other countries

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Source: karacnn.carto.com

Abortion is as controversial abroad as it is in the United States. Many governments struggle to strike a balance between the rights of pregnant women and the rights of unborn fetuses.

Almost two-thirds of the world’s women currently live in countries where abortion may be obtained on request for a broad range of social, economic, or personal reasons.

According to a report by Women on Waves, approximately 25% of the world’s population lives in countries with “highly restrictive abortion laws” – that is, laws which either completely ban abortion, or allow it only to save the mother’s life. This category of countries includes most countries in Latin America, most countries of MENA, approximately half of the countries of Africa, seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as two countries (Malta and ) in Europe.


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