Irish voters are going to the polls to decide whether to legalize abortion. The build up has seen Haiti campaigning in a Catholic country. At stake, whether to scrap parts of the constitution prohibiting terminations. The only exception currently is if the mother's life is in danger. Voting yes would repeal the 35 year old law.
But Reuter's Podrik Halpin said it could be tight.>> The marge equality referendum 3 years ago got passed by a margin of 62% to 38%. I think people are at the polls, it's just that it's gonna be tighter this time. I think the yes side, those who are going to liberalize Ireland's abortion laws, have a pretty clear lead.
But it is a more divisive issue in Ireland, abortion. I think you've had a fiercely contested campaign over the last number of weeks. And in truth, over the last number of decades.>> The Irish experts could also have a defining say.>> I'm travelling from Canada to Dublin.
>> From as far away as Bangkok Los Angeles and Sydney, some expatriate Irish citizens and are being flying in to vote.>> On my flight home.>> Those who've lived abroad for fewer than 18 months are eligible. The #HomeToVote has been trending, as it did three years ago, when Ireland became the first country to adopt gay marriage by popular vote.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has called this a once in a generation decision, he is voting yes. But the referendum itself probably won't put the issue to bed.>> If it's a yes vote, then the battle of those in the polling station to the Parliament. Because the government said it wants to bring in an abortion law which would allow abortions with no restrictions up to 12 weeks.
But there was quite a lot of opposition to that within parliament, even among those who will vote yes.>> The results are expected late Saturday. But, whichever way it goes, it seems it won't be the end of the arguments.