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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

Ireland Votes to Legalize Abortion : May 28 and October 4, 2018
Ireland Votes to Legalize Abortion
Linda Grimm

In May 2018, Irish citizens voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution and legalize abortion services. The amendment’s repeal was the most recent in a series of social reforms Ireland has undertaken in the past twenty-five years and reflected the greatly diminished influence of the Catholic Church in what has historically been a strongly pious and conservative country. The first papal visit in nearly forty years followed on the heels of the referendum, with Pope Francis seeking forgiveness for sexual and institutional abuse scandals that have undermined the church’s credibility in Ireland and left many disillusioned by the Vatican’s weak ...

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