In Landslide Vote, Irish Voters Reject Abortion Ban
It’s the “culmination of a quiet revolution,” said Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Friday’s referendum overwhelmingly repealed the eighth constitutional amendment, which affords unborn children the same right to life as mothers. More than 66 percent voted “yes” to the repeal, continuing liberalization that’s welcomed same-sex marriage and a gay prime minister. Even fatal fetal abnormalities or incest weren’t grounds for the procedure, sending thousands of women annually to the U.K. to terminate pregnancies. Legislation allowing elective abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is expected to follow the vote.