The woman who became the face of Ireland’s campaign for abortion rights

Today, Irish citizens are voting on a referendum to repeal the country’s abortion ban.

Currently, the constitution’s 8th amendment, established in 1983, says an “unborn child” has the same rights as its mother. Irish women who want abortions currently must to travel abroad to have them.

As of yesterday, 45% voters were in favor of changing the law, 37% wanted the ban to stay in place, and 18% were still undecided.

As prime minister Leo Varadkar noted in an official statement, “We...

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