By Nick Baum
SATURDAY – 5/26/18
In a referendum held yesterday, Ireland voters voted 69.4% to 30.6% in favor of repealing the country’s eight amendment, a law put in place in 1983 to prohibit abortions in most to all cases. Momentum on the repealing side grew stronger, and forced a referendum back in March, with the date set for May 25th. Polls since campaigning started in March pointed to a win for the pro-choice side, but the landslide victory drew surprise from many Irish voters.
In the days leading up to the vote, Irish born citizens living abroad traveled home to vote in the very heated referendum. Almost 200,000 tweets using the hashtag #HomeToVote was used by many traveling back to the island nation to express their choice. Other Twitter statistics showed growing momentum on the pro-choice side, with tweets for repealing the amendment were eight times more popular than tweets expressing to keep the amendment.
As of now, the landslide victory has given Irish women the ability to end their pregnancy, and the eighth amendment has been replaced with “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”, meaning that abortions are still allowed to be reviewed by the government under special circumstances. Meanwhile, the legislation to repeal the amendment will be signed by the President soon.
Sources: The Guardian, Wall Street Journal