Irish Times exit poll projects huge victory for reproductive rights in the Republic of Ireland

The Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which is one of the strictest bans on abortion anywhere in the world, is projected to be repealed, as polls have closed in the Republic of Ireland, and, while no actual votes have been counted yet, an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times projects that the abortion ban in the Republic of Ireland’s constitution will be repealed:

Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI.

The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long and often divisive campaign.

A “yes” vote in the Irish referendum is a vote to repeal the abortion ban.

If the exit poll is anywhere close to accurate, it would be a monumental victory for reproductive rights and women’s bodily autonomy in the Republic of Ireland. I hope that the actual results yield a victory for reproductive rights in the Republic of Ireland!