May 25, 2018

Exit polls show Ireland votes to remove abortion ban

Buses pass posts covered in signs for anti- and pro-repeal of Ireland's abortion ban.

Photo: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty Images

Exit polls in Ireland indicate that Irish citizens have voted "by a landslide margin" to repeal the Constitution's Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion, the Irish Times reports.

Why it matters: The abortion ban was inserted in a referendum 35 years ago, and exit polls show that voters chose to remove it by 68%, compared to 32% who voted against. Axios' Dave Lawler notes this follows other notable shifts in social issues in Ireland over recent years.

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