Chris O’Dowd supports the repeal of the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland.
The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd has voiced his support for the Yes campaign ahead of Ireland’s May 25 vote on whether the country’s constitutional ban on abortion should be lifted.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to stand with our wives, our girlfriends, our mothers, our daughters, our friends,” O’Dowd states, speaking as part of Amnesty International Ireland's “Vote Yes” campaign.
"Be part of the future, not the past. Every vote really, really counts. We all need to come out and vote Yes on May 25th.
“As a man, it’s worrying that a lot of polls are saying that men aren’t going to come out and vote. They feel that in some way it’s not their business. But this is not something we can stay out of. Those voting ‘no’ won’t be staying out it. This is our chance to be united with people who have difficult times ahead, to stand with the women you love.
Chris O’Dowd has joined the growing list of Irish men asking the Irish public to Vote Yes on May 25th
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to stand with our wives, our girlfriends, our mothers, our daughters, our friends.” As part of our #ItsTime campaign, Chris O’Dowd has joined the growing list of Irish men asking the Irish public to #VoteYes on May 25th. #repealthe8thPosted by Amnesty International-Ireland on Dé Luain, 14 Bealtaine 2018
“We have to vote Yes,” the Co. Roscommon actor concluded.
Currently, the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, ratified in 1983, gives mothers and unborn equal rights to life. On May 25, 2018, the Irish public will have the chance to vote to allow the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) to put forth new abortion legislation.
While abortion is supposed to be allowed in Ireland if the life of the mother is at risk, it is illegal apart from this, even in the cases of rape, incest, or a fatal fetal abnormality. Despite this, it is estimated that as many as 12 Irish women a day travel abroad for an abortion or illegally purchase abortion pills.
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