By Steve Dellar   |  05-21-2018   News
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When we first reported on the upcoming Abortion referendum in Ireland, everyone thought the vote would be a done deal. Called by Ireland’s first openly gay Prime Minister, Mr Leo Varadkar, all you could hear two months ago was how long the ‘repeal the 8th’ vote was overdue and how sure everyone was that people would vote for change.

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Now, with less than a week to go before the actual referendum, polls have become too close to call, and it is clear that those in favour of upholding the current legislation have the momentum, knowing that a few weeks ago, the lead of the ‘Yes’ camp (voting ‘Yes’ for a change to the current legislation) was some 15% over the ‘No’ camp.

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A cab driver in Dublin who’s changed his mind in recent weeks due to reporting on the issue, Mr Darren Haddock, explains: “I know I come across as a hypocrite, But we’re talking about hurting a life.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">38% of the avg 190,000 abortions in the UK annually are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions.<br>98% of abortions are paid for by the taxpayer.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AbortionRef?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AbortionRef</a> passes, that&#39;s Ireland.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JoinTheRebellion?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JoinTheRebellion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VoteNo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VoteNo</a></p>&mdash; Paddy Manning (@PaddyJManning) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaddyJManning/status/997114728513196033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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When asked why Ireland voted ‘en masse’ yes to changing the ‘same-sex marriage’ legislation but seems unwilling to change the abortion issue, Mr Haddock states: “The time was right for Ireland to come out of the Dark Ages, to break the shackles from the church, and it was a victory for people to stand up to it.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Ireland of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/together4yes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#together4yes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abortion?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abortion</a> as a dinner party topic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/8thref?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#8thref</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/todaysor?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#todaysor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/liveline?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#liveline</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rtept?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#rtept</a> <a href="https://t.co/OXGesuGG2K">pic.twitter.com/OXGesuGG2K</a></p>&mdash; #VoteNo❌Ireland Stand Up (@IrelandStandUp) <a href="https://twitter.com/IrelandStandUp/status/998217906038231041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Whereas the question on same-sex marriage vote was “all about love and relationships,” he said, the question about abortion is different, and “we don’t talk about sexual health.”

Source:

https://news.sky.com/story/long-read-a-nation-divided-irelands-abortion-dilemma-11380210

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Dawn Ford No. 26697 1526905779

DO YOU WANT THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT ABORTIONS? WHEN THEY PULL THE LIVING, BREATHING BABY FETUS OUT THEY SLASH IT'S THROAT OR BASH IT AGAINST A WALL AND OTHER FORMS OF MURDER. #JusticeLeague

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