Irish abortion referendum, 25 May 2018

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Series Details May 2018
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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On 25 May 2018, a referendum was held in Ireland concerning abortion and the Eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution.

On 26 May 2018, the results were announced: Ireland voted to liberalize the abortion law, repealing the Eight amendment, as 66 percent of the electorate backed the referendum.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, in favour of change, called the referendum a “once-in-a-generation” chance. Thousands of members of the Irish diaspora from all over the world headed back to vote.

Background information:

Ireland is one of the most socially conservative and Catholic countries in Europe.

The Eighth amendment, inserted in the Constitution after a referendum in 1983, gives the same rights to both the mother and the unborn child, leading Ireland to have a near-total ban on abortion. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

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EurActiv, 25.05.18: Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum
BBC News, 25.05.18: Irish abortion referendum voting opens
The Guardian, 25.05.18: What you need to know: the Irish abortion referendum explained
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Politico, 24.05.18: A guide to the Irish abortion referendum
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 06.08.18: What will happen to Ireland’s abortion rate after repeal?
BBC News, 26.05.18: Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban
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Politico, 25.05.18: Irish voters back repeal of abortion ban by wide margin: exit polls
Politico, 28.05.18: Ireland brings abortion out of the shadows
EurActiv, 28.05.18: Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 26.05.18: Ireland’s referendum illustrated a major shift in Irish society and the country’s social attitudes
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 26.05.18: Ireland votes to repeal the 8th: Will Northern Ireland be next to liberalise its abortion laws?
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