An $83 abortion pill is shaping Ireland's last great moral fight

Savita Halappanavar’s father makes a plea to the Irish who vote today on changing abortion law

An $83 abortion pill is shaping Ireland's last great moral fight

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar accused campaigners opposing a referendum on liberalising Ireland's abortion regime of trying to dupe voters into thinking the government could still change the laws even if they voted "No".

Irish citizens living overseas who want to participate in the country's abortion referendum are flying home to cast their vote - with some even offering to pay others' travel costs.

"On Friday, we have a historic opportunity to change Ireland's Constitution and remove restrictions that have caused untold suffering to countless women and girls".

Facebook and Google have both taken steps to restrict or remove ads relating to the referendum in a move created to address global concerns about social media's role in influencing political campaigns, from the US presidential race to Brexit. It wants the 8th Amendment repealed and has raised at least $10,000 so far for the Yes campaign in Ireland.

Activists from the "yes" campaign, urging people to vote yes in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, canvas voters in Dublin.

Women on Web provide Irish women with abortion pills for as little as 70 euros ($83) each. 'Protesters might shout at you, they might even try and block you from coming in, ignore them as best you can and press the buzzer on the door to access the building.' I shook as I exited the taxi, but thankfully did not encounter the imposing, at times violent protesters others had faced.

After months of hearing evidence from both sides of the debate the Citizens' Assembly and Joint Oireachtas Committee, both recommended the removal of the Eighth Amendment.

The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.

Other countries also allow abortions only in cases of rape or threat to the mother's or baby's health.

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"The cost of my travel home from Toronto to vote for a woman's right to choose is less than what I paid for when I was forced to travel to the access an abortion", she said in a blog post on Amnesty's website.

"Please vote yes on Friday!".

"No" campaigners have claimed a biased liberal mainstream media is in cahoots with the "Yes" lobby and, with a majority of Irish MPs backing repeal, they pit themselves as anti-establishment with the slogan: "Join the rebellion".

Why is Ireland voting now?

Criminalization of abortion is incompatible with South Korea's human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Korea. We went to hospital for the scan to be sure, to check, and the scan was so still. Halappanavar died of sepsis shortly after. "Compassion means that we look after the mother and the child", he said. Her death sent shock waves through Ireland and led to widespread protests. I was 37. When the shock settled we were overjoyed and all went well until 24 weeks, when I was told at a scan there may be a problem with her, so we went to Dublin to get her checked.

Helen O'Rahilly referenced the abuse that some women seeking abortions have experienced - as she offered lifts to London airports.

United Nations human rights bodies and experts have criticized South Korea's punitive restrictions on abortion and have urged the government to modify these laws.

More than 3 million people registered to vote in Friday's referendum, according to the Irish Examiner newspaper.

Who is opposed to repealing the 8th amendment and why?

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