Written by Mertice Ho

In a landmark decision, Ireland voted with 62% in favour to liberalise abortion law. Under the Eighth Amendment in Ireland’s constitution, women could not have an abortion in Ireland unless the mother’s life was in danger. This meant that foetuses conceived via rape or incest, and foetuses with fatal abnormalities still had to be carried to term. While mothers could still go overseas for an abortion, this option was only open to women who could afford it. Women who could not travel overseas often bought abortion pills on the internet; however, not only is this dangerous, a women could serve up to 14 years in jail if caught. This result is further evidence of the weakening grip of the Catholic Church, which traditionally holds a lot of sway in the Irish society.

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