Irish People Around The World Are Flying #HomeToVote For Abortion To Be Decriminalised
If this doesn't make you cry, there's something wrong with you.
Later today, the Republic of Ireland will hold a historic referendum on abortion rights that might finally pave the way for abortion to be decriminalised. And all over the internet, the #HomeToVote hashtag is full of Irish people flying home from around the world to vote in favour of the right to choose.
They’re flying home because Ireland requires people to be in the country to vote in referendums, unlike other countries that allow overseas voting. Some people are flying for hours, at a cost of thousands of dollars, to be there and support abortion rights.
People are coming from as far as Australia, Vietnam and Argentina. But as so many have put it on Twitter, one flight home is nothing compared to the many overseas flights Irish people have had to make in order to access basic reproductive health care.
Last minute decision to go #hometovote to #repealthe8th No flights left from London, so I have a 4 hour train, 4 hour wait and 3 hour ferry to make it home to vote- which is a walk in the park in comparison to the journey that Irish women are making every day to the UK
— Michelle McHugh (@MichelleMarleyy) May 24, 2018
Just look at this show of support. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
I'm flying home for not even 24 hours to vote for this. Anyone I've said this to hasn't called me a muppet. Or insane. They're thanking me. This is the most important referendum we may ever face. Of course I was coming home. #hometovote #RepealTheEighth #Repeal
— Aoife ?? (@PrettyPPD) May 22, 2018
So I forgot my repeal jumper when I first started my travels in January and now my mam and dad are after showing up at Dublin airport with the jumper in hand and I just ???????? #HomeToVote #Together4Yes #repealthe8th #VietnamToIreland pic.twitter.com/lJ7yGvg5YO
— the cute hoor (@HoorayForNiamh) May 23, 2018
— TÁrudi Mc Donald (@TrooDee) May 24, 2018
In many cases, people’s flights home were funded by donations, or by Irish people who’ve been out of the country too long to retain voting rights. People have been donning jumpers and shirts reading “repeal” or “yes” on their flights, and Dublin airport is absolutely full of groups of new friends united by their support for the campaign.
— Paula Kehoe (@paulamkehoe) May 24, 2018
— Danielle Stephens (@DaniS1006) May 24, 2018
— Laura Silver (@laurafleur) May 24, 2018
— London-Irish ARC (@LdnIrishARC) May 24, 2018
The referendum itself is on the question of whether to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish Constitution, which criminalises abortion in nearly all circumstances by making the right to life of the unborn essentially equal to the mother’s right to life. It’s still looking like the vote will be quite close, which makes these flights home all the more important.
Fingers crossed it passes. The world is watching, and we’re rooting for you.
Heatmap of the some of the places in the world people traveled from to come #hometovote … if this doesn't set you off you're broken and in need of urgent repair. Irish people are a class bunch #legends #TogetherForYes #repealthe8th pic.twitter.com/78j3lzeRaA
— Drew Murphy (@drewtmurphy) May 24, 2018