Irish rock band U2 are in favor of repealing the eighth amendment and the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland.
Legendary Irish band U2 has irked a section of their fans by coming out in support of Ireland repealing its constitutional ban on abortion.
The Irish rock stars tweeted an image about repealing the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, the amendment that places the life of the unborn child as equal to that of the mother.
While some voiced their support of the iconic group backing the Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 25, others were appalled that U2 would back the cause and claimed that although lifelong fans, they would no longer support the band.
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Vote on May 25th pic.twitter.com/jiCVZvfJuH— U2 (@U2) May 1, 2018
Some applauded the all-male lineup for their decision to speak out on the topic:
Thanks so much #Menforyes #Together4Yes #RepealThe8th— Lorraine Farrell (@LorraineF24) May 1, 2018
May 2, 2018
Wow what a thread! Well I'm a bigger fan now than ever. I love when men stand up and show they care about about women's healthcare. The no campaigners are disgusting saying it's about killing babies. It's not at all. The right to choose can sometimes be the safest choice for all.— Holly (@HollyVWoollett) May 2, 2018
But other fans were more divided on the issue:
This breaks my heart. I have loved and followed you for 20 years. I still love you but I can’t follow you down this road. My tickets to upcoming shows will go unused.— Christy (@ChristyRae2013) May 1, 2018
So disappointed. A fan since the release of the single ‘Fire’ back in the day. I’m pro choice as I believe God is. All our choices are our choices and should be freely made But to support abortion?? And this coming from such a Life loving, Life giving band. #sosad #don’tgetit— Sean Mullarkey (@SeanandSusan) May 2, 2018
Pretty disappointed of you guys 😥— Rodrigo Mañón (@_rmanon) May 1, 2018
And others brought up some other U2 issues …
Pay your taxes.— Kilian Doyle (@kiliandoyle) May 2, 2018
May 25, 2018, will be the day when the people of Ireland vote on whether to make Ireland's abortion laws - which are currently some of the most restrictive in the world - more liberal.
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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