As you might know, here in Ireland, there's an abortion ban. The 8th Amendment to our constitution back in 1983 enshrined in the law of the land the equal valuing of a woman's life and that of a fertilised egg, or a foetus. This state of affairs has led to various situations like around 170,000 Irish women and girls (some of whom are rape survivors, some as young as eleven) having to get the boat or the plane to England to have their pregnancies terminated, women with a diagnosis of fatal fetal abnormality having to go to England to have the birth induced, at least one teenager being put in a psychiatric hospital when she requested an abortion, some women being forced to have C sections when they didn't want to, some women being denied cancer treatment due to their pregnancies, plus a fair few women dying, such as Savita Halappanavar, who was suffering a septic miscarriage but her doctors wouldn't treat the infection or terminate her pre-viable pregnancy until the foetal heartbeat stopped.
It's Thursday night. Tomorrow is polling day. Saturday we get the result. I really hope the referendum succeeds and we manage to repeal the 8th. I don't want to be ashamed to be Irish anymore.
If you're Irish, please vote yes tomorrow.
If you're not Irish, send us good vibes.