The result would pave the way for radically permissive laws in the country
Two exit polls suggest the Irish have overwhelmingly voted against keeping the Eighth Amendment to their constitution, paving the way for the introduction of radically permissive abortion laws.
At the close of polling, one survey by Ipsos/MRBI put the “Yes” to repeal side ahead by 68 per cent to 32. Another by television network RTE put the margin at 69.4 to 30.6.
Official counting of the ballots will begin on Saturday at 9am local time.
John McGuirk, communications director for the “Save the 8th” campaign took to Twitter to say: “The 8th did not create an unborn child’s right to life – it merely acknowledged it.
“The right exists, independent of what a majority says. That said, with a result of that magnitude, clearly there was very little to be done. Thank you to every NO voter and campaigner.”
Please pray for Ireland who has lost its soul.
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on 25 March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in the year 1995, the seventeenth of my Pontificate.