Viewfinder: Voting for an Abortion Referendum Begins in Ireland

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Maureen Ui Fhearraigh casts her ballot paper as voting takes place a day earlier than on the mainland, on May 24th, 2018, in Gola Island, Ireland.

Maureen Ui Fhearraigh casts her ballot paper as voting takes place a day earlier than on the mainland, on May 24th, 2018, in Gola Island, Ireland. Ireland is going to the polls in a referendum to decide whether or not to abolish the Eighth Amendment, which makes abortions illegal in the country. The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution recognizes the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. Abortion is illegal unless there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, and a woman convicted of having an illegal termination faces 14 years imprisonment.

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