A woman casts her vote with her daughter in a polling station on the day of the Abortion Referendum on liberalising abortion laws in Dublin, Ireland May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Traditionally Catholic Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, the Prime Minister said, as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.The campaign to repeal a ban was predicted to win by a two-thirds majority, with an Irish Times poll of 4,000 saying the "Yes" camp was leading by 68 percent to 32 percent. Among the youngest voters, 18 to 24-year-olds, the poll found that 87 percent of respondents voted to allow abortion.The eighth amendment to the Irish constitution was installed following a 1983 referendum that approved outlawing abortion.Anyone terminating a pregnancy in Ireland currently faces up to 14 years in jail.Since 1983, around 170,000 Irish women have gone abroad for terminations.The Irish government has proposed that if the eighth amendment is repealed, abortion will be allowed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.
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