Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal
Counting has started in the Irish abortion referendum, hours after exit polls suggested a landslide vote in favour of liberalising the law.
Polls by The Irish Times and RTÉ suggested about 69% voted to repeal a part of the constitution that effectively bans terminations.
One of the main anti-abortion campaigns has already conceded defeat.
“The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state,” said John McGuirk, from Save the 8th.
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Counting began at 09:00 local time and the result is expected by the evening.
Those taking part in Friday’s referendum were asked whether they wanted to repeal or retain a part of the constitution known as the Eighth Amendment, which says an unborn child has the same right to life as a pregnant woman.
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