Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

June 27, 2018
by Addie Duckett

On May 25, in a huge win for women, people across Ireland voted overwhelmingly to support the repeal of the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The referendum passed with 66.4% voting ‘yes’ in a rebuke of the draconian abortion laws that have governed the country for decades. This vote follows the 2015 passage of the Marriage Equality act, marking a trend of successful liberalization efforts largely indebted to the dedication of youth and student leadership throughout the country.

The eighth amendment, originally passed in 1983, established the equal right to life of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, outlawing abortion in nearly all cases. Until 1992, it also remained illegal to travel abroad to seek an abortion, though many women still did so.

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Ireland – Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds

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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Ireland – Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

Katie O’Neill
April 16 2018, The Times

The 122,000 people who have become 18 since the last general election have been urged to ensure that they are registered to vote in the abortion referendum.

The National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on young people to check the register before the May 8 deadline. The USI will be running voter registration drives on college campuses to register students.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/young-urged-to-register-in-time-for-vote-on-abortion-t95khgrjz

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