‘Why I’m Flying Home To Vote In Ireland’s Abortion Referendum’

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'Why I'm Flying Home To Vote In Ireland's Abortion Referendum'
"When a woman gets pregnant in Ireland she becomes a second class citizen - this is not acceptable."

Christine Howell
May 14, 2018

A few years ago, Ireland made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A woman suffering a miscarriage turned up to one of our hospitals. She was denied an abortion and left miscarrying for five days. She later died of blood poisoning.

In our country, it is currently illegal to procure an abortion. The eighth amendment to our constitution sets out “the right to life of the unborn” and guarantees “to defend and vindicate that right.” This prohibits the state from legislating to allow abortion.

Continued: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/people/why-im-flying-home-to-vote-in-irelands-abortion-referendum/news-story/a9a7784d7012c91997a95e6087f1595f

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Ireland – Why has the Government done nothing to facilitate emigrant voting?

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Why has the Government done nothing to facilitate emigrant voting?
Opinion: The few who are eligible must take time off and pay for expensive flights

May 2, 2018
David Burns, Joey Kavanagh

Tens of thousands of recent Irish emigrants could potentially legally vote during the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on Friday, May 25th. But, in an ironic turn of events, our voting system will only accommodate those with the means to travel.

As founders of the We’re Coming Back and Get the Boat to Vote campaigns, we were both involved in organising the #Hometovote movement for the Marriage Equality referendum in 2015. Despite the public outpouring of support, and the welcome back for those who “voted with their feet” as Enda Kenny put it, absolutely nothing has been done since to facilitate an emigrant vote. Why?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/why-has-the-government-done-nothing-to-facilitate-emigrant-voting-1.3481313

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Ireland – 150,000 young people not registered to vote

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150,000 young people not registered to vote
Vital young people make their voices heard in the debate, Yes campaign meeting told

Tue, May 1, 2018
Pat Leahy

Over 150,000 young people are not on the electoral register and will be ineligible to vote, a campaign meeting for Youth for Yes, an umbrella group for a number of youth organisations advocating for a Yes vote was told yesterday.

Europe minister Helen McEntee urged young people present to make sure they were registered to vote and remind their friends that if they were not registered, they would be unable to vote in the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/150-000-young-people-not-registered-to-vote-1.3480711

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Irish emigrants set to flock home for abortion vote

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Irish emigrants set to flock home for abortion vote

Padraic Halpin, Toby Melville
April 29, 2018

DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Christine Howell planned to spend two years straight traveling and working in Australia from her arrival in Melbourne last December without breaking her trip to return home to Ireland.

The timing felt right. Howell, 27, had qualified as an optician but wasn’t ready to settle. Australia represented a chance for adventure before it was “home time and time to be an adult.”

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ireland-abortion/irish-emigrants-set-to-flock-home-for-abortion-vote-idUSKBN1I00NP

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum
London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign releases video rallying citizens abroad to return for 25 May

Harriet Sherwood
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Irish emigrants are being urged in a new video to travel home to vote in favour of overturning the country’s constitutional ban on abortion in a referendum next month.

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released the two-minute video, filmed in six countries, to encourage Irish citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum on 25 May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/irish-emigrants-urged-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum

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Ireland – Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote

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Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote
Together for Yes says young people have a "critical role" to play in the vote

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Campaigners have launched a new drive calling on people to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.

The 'Together for Yes' group is highlighting the "critical role" young people have to play in the campaign.

The group said there are some 466,000 people between the ages of 18-25 who are eligible to vote in Ireland - provided they are registered before the deadline on May 8th.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Campaigners-warn-time-is-running-out-to-register-for-abortion-vote

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Campaigners in Berlin to hold fundraiser ahead of Irish abortion referendum

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Campaigners in Berlin to hold fundraiser ahead of Irish abortion referendum

Rachel Loxton
5 April 2018

Pro-choice campaigners have a serious message in their fight for reproductive rights. But a group of expats in Berlin is aiming to provide some light relief on the issue of abortion by inviting people to party together.

The Berlin-Ireland Pro Choice Solidarity group is trying to remove the stigma of abortion, raise funds for women in need and highlight the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion laws at the fundraiser on Friday April 6th.

Continued: https://www.thelocal.de/20180405/pro-abortion-irish-referendum-berlin

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#HomeToVote: Irish expats snap up flights as abortion referendum date is set

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#HomeToVote: Irish expats snap up flights as abortion referendum date is set
By Alice Cuddy
29/03/2018

Irish men and women living abroad are rushing to book tickets home to vote in the country’s highly-anticipated referendum on abortion rights after the government announced on Wednesday that it will be held on May 25.

The referendum on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment from 1983 that effectively bans terminations does not allow postal votes from outside of Ireland, and requires returning voters not to have lived outside of Ireland for more than 18 months.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/29/-hometovote-irish-expats-snap-up-flights-as-abortion-referendum-date-is-set

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Pro-choice campaign calls 40,000 Irish expats home for abortion vote

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Pro-choice campaign calls 40,000 Irish expats home for abortion vote
Citizens living abroad urged to return in bid to swing referendum and repeal termination ban

Harriet Sherwood
Sun 11 Mar 2018

Up to 40,000 Irish citizens living abroad are being urged to return home to cast crucial votes in a historic referendum in May that could overturn the country’s ban on abortion. A campaign, Home to Vote, is calling on the Irish diaspora in the UK, Europe, north America and elsewhere to book flights and ferries to Ireland to exercise their democratic right.

Three years ago thousands of Irish citizens returned home to vote on same-sex marriage legislation, boosting the remarkable two-thirds majority for changing the law. Campaigners now hope to repeat the feat.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/11/ireland-abortion-repeal-referendum-home-to-vote-pro-choice-campaign

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The Irish Expats Flying Home to Vote Against Ireland’s Abortion Ban

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The Irish Expats Flying Home to Vote Against Ireland's Abortion Ban
“I am traveling home to vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment on behalf of all the women and girls in Ireland who do not have a choice about what happens to their bodies.”

Zing Tsjeng
Feb 16 2018

As the month of the Irish abortion referendum draws closer, a new campaign is encouraging people to make the journey home to Ireland to cast their ballot.

At the beginning of the year, the Irish government announced that it would hold a vote on repealing the Eighth Amendment by the end of May. The controversial legislation gives an unborn fetus the same right to life as a mother and effectively prohibits abortion unless the pregnancy is life-threatening to the woman. In 2016, the United Nations declared that the ban on abortion was illegal and inhumane.

Continued: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/neq3kw/ireland-abortion-vote-referendum-expats

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