By Steve Dellar  |  05-13-2018   News
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Ireland, the deeply Catholic nation, will decide on 25 May whether or not to change the 8th amendment to its constitution which deals with the highly controversial topic of abortion.

According to the latest Irish poll (foreign polls are not allowed anymore, see our related coverage), some 45 percent will vote to change the law, 34 percent will vote no and 18 percent are still undecided.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Under the banner of &quot;Love Both Vote No&quot;, people crowded into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dublin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dublin</a> for a final major pro-life rally ahead of Ireland&#39;s referendum on whether to liberalize its tight abortion laws. Vote NO <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/savethe8th?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#savethe8th</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Prolife?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Prolife</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ireland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ireland</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Christians?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christians</a><br><br>Photo AFP <a href="https://t.co/MtjLLwtxC9">pic.twitter.com/MtjLLwtxC9</a></p>&mdash; Trad American Angel™ (@RightWingAngel) <a href="https://twitter.com/RightWingAngel/status/995456486481514496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Eighth Amendment, article 40.3.3, which was inserted into the Constitution in a referendum in 1983, provides that the State “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

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Yesterday, thousands rallied in Dublin for the "Love Both Vote No" gathering which wants people to vote no and stop the liberalisation of some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in Europe.

Related coverage: https://thegoldwater.com/news/25517-Ireland-Facebook-Bans-Foreign-Ads-For-Controversial-Abortion-Referendum

The passionate demonstrators held up placards which read "Compassion for both" (showing both mother and baby), "There's always a better answer than abortion," and "No abortion on demand."

One of the speakers was the mother of the recently deceased The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. She said to the crowd of thousands that her daughter was "completely opposed to abortion."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ireland is a country where abortion is almost non-existent! It is also has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world, showing us that we can love and protect both mother and child. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Savethe8th?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Savethe8th</a> <a href="https://t.co/FcS1w6ZgOM">https://t.co/FcS1w6ZgOM</a></p>&mdash; Live Action (@LiveAction) <a href="https://twitter.com/LiveAction/status/995085897115815936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms Eileen O'Riordan said all of her family would be voting no.

Doloros O'Riordan, late singer of The Cranberries, indeed said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone that "it's not good for women to go through the procedure and have something living sucked out of your bodies. Every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem, smaller and smaller and smaller."

Source:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-gather-for-love-both-rally-in-dublin-1.3493432

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