The overriding feeling was still shame, followed by gratitude that I was eligible for free, safe, and legal medical care when I needed it.
Why does Ireland have this clause in its constitution? "It doesn't stop abortions, and we can't have a state with a lie in one of its foundational documents". Attributed only to the website www.save8th.ie (not to be confused with Save The 8th's slicker and more "official" campaign site of www.save8.ie), the ads presented both a soldier and a firefighter cradling a child in their arms beneath the slogan, "MEN PROTECT LIVES".
But for all the emphasis on compassion, the "no" campaign's opponents say they are tainted by association with the body that has been most insistent on keeping abortion illegal, the Roman Catholic Church.
Yes. Regulation of abortion through a constitution is rare (because constitutions are hard to change). The provision, known as the Eighth Amendment, has meant that Ireland's abortion law is amongst the most restrictive in the world.
There have been a number of high profile, distressing cases in the recent past which have highlighted the inadequacy of the current law.
At the forefront of the campaign has been the image of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died in a Irish hospital after complications from a septic miscarriage. It is a vote for a future Ireland where the human rights of women and girls are respected and protected.
Friday's referendum has placed the abortion debate on center stage, with many on Dublin's crowded city streets wearing buttons or T-shirts that align them with the "yes" or "no" side.
What is the Irish government's official position on the vote?
Dr Trevor Hayes
The government is split on the vote, with many undeclared. However, it appears that more support "yes".
Polls have generally shown good news for those who want a repeal.
The leaders of Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein, the two largest opposition parties, backed Varadkar in saying amending the constitution for such cases was impossible. The WHO has noted that the removal of restrictions on abortion results in reduction of maternal mortality.
The final days of the campaign have seen voters on both sides of the debate voicing their opinion.
Without the Eighth Amendment, the well-being of women and their unborn babies would be left in the hands of whatever group of politicians happens to hold the balance of power at any particular time.
Some have begun circulating the legislation they would pass if the amendment is repealed.
Voters will be asked on Friday if they wish to repeal a constitutional amendment inserted following a 1983 referendum that enshrined the equal right to life of the mother and her unborn child. When my doctor confirmed I was pregnant five weeks previously, I burst into tears, "What if I don't want to be?".
I hope that the vote this Friday will see an end to years of propaganda that has deprived two divided camps from discussing the one issue rooted in medical facts and not religious ideology, which is simply, women's healthcare. If there are severe risks to the mother's health or if there is a fatal abnormality to the foetus, a woman can still lawfully require an abortion after this time. The doctor was insinuating an abortion to end her life.
"Yes" campaigners like Coveney have argued that with over 3,000 women travelling to Britain each year for terminations and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion is already a reality in Ireland.
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