Irish voters flock to the polls for historic referendum on abortion, with exit polls favoring liberalization

Irish voters flocked to the polls on Friday to cast their votes in a historic referendum on abortion that may overturn what are some of the most restrictive laws in the world.

Thousands of eligible voters living overseas flew in or took ferries to participate in a referendum that is asking them to repeal or uphold a constitutional amendment that makes abortion illegal in almost all cases, including rape and incest, unless the life of the mother is at risk.

The Eighth Amendment in Ireland’s constitution means that women with unviable as well as unwanted pregnancies are forced to travel overseas for a termination with no aftercare when they return.

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