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Abortion Rights in Ireland

On May 25 2018, the people of Ireland voted to abolish Ireland’s ban on abortion, effectively repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1983. The Eighth Amendment’s addition of Article 40.3.3 recognized and protected the right of the unborn child; however, the article survived sustained challenges over thirty-five years and was modified by amendments and court decisions which allowed for abortions to take place outside of Ireland and when an expectant mother was deemed to be suicidal due to the pregnancy. In the May 25 referendum, Ireland voted to recognize abortion and allow its government to initiate legislation to regulate it.


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