Ireland gets set for historical abortion referendum

There are emotional scenes in Ireland as citizens fly back to their homeland to vote in a nationwide referendum on abortion legislation.

The hashtag #HomeToVote has gone viral on social media, with pro-choice supporters dressed in 'Repeal' T-shirts and 'Yes' badges arriving at airports across the country.

Irish citizens will vote on whether to repeal the eighth amendment, which enshrines equal rights to mothers and unborn children, from the constitution.

If the yes vote succeeds, the Irish Government will be able draft legislation on abortions, likely to allow unrestricted terminations for up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Ireland has some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws, with many women resorting to leaving the country in order to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

Voters head to the polls on Friday (local time), and the votes will begin being counted on Saturday morning.


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