Irish abortion referendum voting opens

Polls have opened in the referendum on Ireland’s abortion laws.

The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the eighth amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country.

Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

Residents of Irish islands cast their votes on Thursday, to ensure their votes reached count centers on time.

The referendum is the result of a decades-long debate about abortion in Ireland and will be the country’s sixth vote on the issue.

Counting of the votes will begin on Saturday morning, with a result expected early on Saturday evening.

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