If the Sure marketing campaign wins, Irish lawmakers are anticipated to enact laws permitting for terminations within the first 12 weeks of being pregnant — and later in instances the place there’s a threat to the mom’s life or the fetus shouldn’t be anticipated to outlive.
A No vote would maintain Eire’s abortion legal guidelines — among the strictest within the developed world — in place.
The Eighth Modification, which was added into the structure following a referendum in 1983, locations the rights of the fetus and the rights of its mom on equal footing, successfully banning abortion barring a “actual and substantial threat” to the mom’s life.
As with every proposed change to Eire’s structure, the query must be put to a referendum.
Abortion-rights activists — advocating a Sure vote on Friday — have lengthy argued that the Eighth Modification punishes girls and does not cease abortions, that are exported, principally to the UK, as a substitute.
Their longstanding marketing campaign to repeal the Eighth, as it’s generally identified, has seen some change over the previous three many years.
Anti-abortion activists might be voting No, arguing that the Eighth has saved hundreds of lives and inspired compassionate options to abortion, comparable to perinatal hospice care when the infant shouldn’t be anticipated to outlive or adoption for infants born to girls in difficult circumstances.
The No marketing campaign has additionally discovered assist from anti-abortion teams worldwide, together with some American activists who’ve traveled to talk at rallies.
Polls will shut at 5 p.m. ET (10 p.m. native) on Friday. Counting of ballots will get underway on Saturday, with a outcome anticipated by mid-afternoon.