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Irish people vote to repeal abortion ban
    2018-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HUNDREDS of people, mostly women, gathered in the court of an 18th century government complex in the downtown area of the Irish capital Dublin on Saturday evening.

They burst into cheers, some of them into tears, when a returning officer declared that the majority of the voters in the country’s Friday abortion referendum had voted Yes for scrapping a law that has virtually banned abortions in the country for more than three decades.

According to the final results of the referendum announced by the returning officer Bary Ryan at Dublin Castle, which is temporarily made as a central count center of the referendum, 64.1 percent of the people out of the nearly 3.37 million registered voters turned out in Friday’s 15-hour voting at some 6,500 polling stations across the country. 66.4 percent of the voters cast their Yes ballots for repealing the Eigth Amendment with the No vote rate standing at 33.6 percent.

The Eighth Amendment, simply called the eighth by locals, is an article that was written into the Irish constitution after a 1983 referendum, stressing the equal importance of right to life for an unborn child and its mother and forbidding abortions unless the life of the mother is in danger or the foetus is proven by doctors to be dead before or shortly after birth.

Due to the strict abortion laws in Ireland, many pregnant women, especially those who get pregnant because of rape or incest or face foetal abnormalities in development, either have to travel to the neighboring country of Britain to terminate the pregnancy or secretly take abortion pills sought illegally without proper counseling or medical care.

(Xinhua)

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