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Linda Grimm

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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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