Ireland tipped to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion

After polls closed today, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Multi-Media Organization, said exit polls indicate that the "yes" voters has won by a margin of 69.4% to 30.6%.

Ireland appears poised to overwhelmingly overturn a constitutional amendment that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, according to a exit poll. An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed change by 68 percent to 32 percent.

Saoirse Ronan and Niall Horan have led the famous faces encouraging Ireland to legalise abortion, as the country prepares to vote in a historic referendum.

The joy for many Yes voters was tempered by memories of women whose lives were damaged or cut short by the ban, particularly Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist who died in the west of Ireland in 2012 because doctors refused to perform an abortion to save her life during a three-day miscarriage.

Although Saoirse Ronan doesn't have a Twitter account, she has been supporting the cause by recording a video in support of repealing the eighth amendment.

"It is a vote to say, I don't send you away anymore".

"I did a little volunteering to canvas, and when you go out to houses, talk to people, they really tell you their mixed opinions, so there's very complex views and I think it could be quite close".

These are all freedoms of choice granted to us through the fierce fights of our sisters before of us and hopefully the right to choose an abortion will join them as the latest rung on the ladder of gender equality in Ireland.

"Abortion does one thing, and one thing only - it kills a baby", the Save the 8th campaign said.

Now an exit poll conducted by RTÉ, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, has supported that projection.

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"I have found it hard, I have stumbled but I have met extraordinary women and men along the way who have changed my perspectives on this deeply emotive issue".

Voting on the eighth referendum in the Republic of Ireland will take place until 10pm.

Under current law, abortion is allowed if the mother's life is in danger.

She and her family all voted yes, but she is still nervous of the result.

Voters were asked if they wish to scrap a 1983 amendment to the constitution that gives an unborn child and its mother equal rights to life.

Earlier in the day, prime minister Leo Varadkar had said he was "quietly confident" that the Yes campaign would win. Today's vote will test how Ireland weighs women's lives against the rules of the church.

Health minister Simon Harris, whose proposed abortion laws were subjected to intense scrutiny during the campaign, tweeted: "Will sleep tonight in the hope of waking up to a country that is more compassionate, more caring and more respectful".

"I'm a staunch No". The government's vote count begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Dublin.

"Yes" campaigners argued that with over 3,000 women travelling to Britain each year for terminations - a right enshrined in a 1992 referendum - and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion is already a reality in Ireland.

If the repeal effort is successful, the government has vowed to introduce legislation later this year to establish the circumstances under which Irish women may pursue the procedure.

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