Ireland is the last Western democracy that still bans abortion, but that could end with today’s referendum

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Ireland is the last Western democracy that still bans abortion, but that could end with today's referendum
Yes supporters say repealing the 8th amendment of the constitution in Friday's referendum acknowledges reality

Nahlah Ayed · CBC News
Posted: May 25, 2018

Twelve years ago, Tara Flynn became one of many Irish women who needed to "go to England."

Instead, she chose to go to the Netherlands — but the end result was the same: she had an abortion and flew back the very same day.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/once-in-a-generation-this-time-irish-government-calls-for-ending-abortion-ban-1.4677052

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On the Ground in Ireland: Fighting to Repeal Abortion Ban

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On the Ground in Ireland: Fighting to Repeal Abortion Ban
Ireland's abortion ban "was a disaster for women’s rights, it was a disaster for the education of Irish children, but it really infected every aspect of Irish society and we are still undoing the legacy of this.”

May 23, 2018
Sarah Jaffe

In 1983, when Irish people voted in the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, the county of Donegal had some of the highest vote totals for the near-total abortion ban via fetal “personhood.” More than 80 percent of voters in the rural northwest of Ireland voted for the amendment. It was therefore a surprise to see it dotted with bright pink “yes” signs reading “Our Bodies, Our Choice” Monday and Tuesday before the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

The pink signs that I saw most often are from People Before Profit, a socialist party that organizes and holds elected office in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Northern Ireland, and I accompanied its canvassers into Donegal to see about the state of things in this conservative part of Ireland.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/05/23/ground-ireland-fighting-repeal-abortion-ban/

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Ireland – Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate

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Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate
‘Many of those who do not have the right to vote are involved in campaigning for both sides. Even though they can’t vote it will still affect them’

May 16, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

A Chinese woman who miscarried in a Dublin hospital. A Polish man whose former girlfriend aborted their child without telling him. A Brazilian woman whose sister was violently raped at a bus stop. A Muslim man who says a foetus becomes a baby once it develops a soul at 120 days.

In 1983 the vast majority of people canvassing for or against the Eighth Amendment were Irish. More than three decades on, tens of thousands of immigrant women are now affected by our abortion laws. While the more than 535,400 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland will not be eligible to vote in next week’s referendum, many have joined campaigns on both sides of the debate to add their voices to an issue which, as residents in this country, directly affects them.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/yes-or-no-immigrant-communities-add-their-voices-to-the-abortion-debate-1.3496124

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Ireland – No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need

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No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need
Analysis: Tonight’s RTÉ debate a chance for anti-abortion groups to influence swing voters

May 15, 2018
Pat Leahy

If there is to be a move in the abortion-referendum campaign, then this is moving week.

A slew of polls early in the campaign painted more or less the same picture: a substantial lead for the Yes side, and a pretty solid foundation for that support. That lead is not unassailable, and a dramatic late swing to the No side, of the sort we have seen in other referendum campaigns, could change the outcome.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/no-sign-of-shift-in-abortion-referendum-that-no-campaigners-need-1.3495143

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Ireland: Knocking on doors in hostile territories: What its like to canvass for the referendum when local voting trends are against you

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Knocking on doors in hostile territories: What its like to canvass for the referendum when local voting trends are against you
What's it like to canvass for the referendum when historical local voting trends are against you?

May 13 2018

Kiem Bielenberg tracks the Yes campaign to Roscommon, while John Meagher joins the No campaign in Dalkey

Roscommon has been portrayed as a conservative backwater after it was the only constituency that voted against marriage equality. So how are Yes campaigners faring on abortion? Kim Bielenberg reports.

On the streets in Roscommon, campaigners for a Yes vote in the abortion referendum are annoyed by the county's portrayal as Ireland's conservative backwater.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/knocking-on-doors-in-hostile-territories-what-its-like-to-canvass-for-the-referendum-when-local-voting-trends-are-against-you-36894899.html

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Ireland – Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight

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Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight
No side claim Facebook and Google announcements are the result of Yes lobbying

May 12, 2018
Peter Murtagh

“We are here in Dublin with ProtectThe8th this morning. Pray for us! #warroomsessions”, said the Facebook posting by Fuzati, conveying something of a mixture of giddy excitement and determination.

The photo below the message showed an unkempt room in a Georgian house, complete with Adams-style fireplace, a fine plaster ceiling and a pair of large, closed double doors leading into another room.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/referendum-advertising-rules-hit-strategies-for-final-fortnight-1.3492141

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Ireland – Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds

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Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds
Students may play significant role in determining outcome of hard-fought referendum

May 10, 2018
Carl O'Brien

As early as last January, when Government strategists began planning the timing of the abortion referendum, a single date stood out: May 25th.

“It was the only available window to ensure as many students as possible would be able to vote,” says a political source. “The following Friday was a bank holiday weekend; any later meant thousands of students would have been abroad on J1 visas.”

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/abortion-vote-college-campuses-emerge-as-key-battlegrounds-1.3490834

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion
Voters to take part in a referendum later this month to decide whether or not to liberalise abortion laws.

by Barbara McCarthy
May 10, 2018

People across Ireland take to the polls on May 25 to vote in a highly anticipated referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

First voted into the Irish Constitution in 1983, the Eighth Amendment recognises the right to life of the unborn child, effectively placing a ban on abortion.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/repeal-eighth-ireland-vote-abortion-180508075317347.html

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Ireland – Facebook’s ban on ads reflect nerves of repeal supporters

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Facebook’s ban on ads reflect nerves of repeal supporters
Polls on abortion broadly unchanged but No side is running effective online campaign

May 9, 2018
Pat Leahy

The move by Facebook to no longer accept foreign advertisements relating to the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment will come as welcome news to some on the Yes side of the campaign.

There has been rising concern among some pro-repeal groups and supporters that the referendum could be swayed in its decisive weeks towards a No vote by an avalanche of online ads.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-s-ban-on-ads-reflect-nerves-of-repeal-supporters-1.3488466

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Facebook bans foreign ads for Eighth Amendment referendum

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Facebook bans foreign ads for Eighth Amendment referendum
Social media group says move is designed protect the ’integrity’ of elections and referendums from ’undue influence’

May 8, 2018
Ciara O'Brien

Facebook will no longer accept foreign advertisements relating to the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. The ban will apply to ads that have been paid for by organisations outside Ireland.

The move, which came into force on Tuesday, comes amid concerns that organisations and individuals based outside the country would try to influence the outcome of the referendum through Facebook ad campaigns.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-bans-foreign-ads-for-eighth-amendment-referendum-1.3487895

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