Outlander stars among Irish celebrities encouraging to Repeal the 8th

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Irish citizens will have the chance to vote in a historic referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. Caitriona Balfe and Maria Doyle Kennedy are among a host of Irish celebrities encouraging you to vote Yes.

Irish celebrities have come together to encourage citizens to vote “Yes” in the upcoming referendum on repealing the 8th amendment. You’ll see Caitriona Balfe regularly tweeting out support for the “Yes” campaign, as well as changing her Twitter profile picture to one wearing the Repeal t-shirt, rather than a promo shot for Outlander Season 3.

Maria Doyle Kennedy, who will join Outlander for Season 4, has also tweeted out her support. She’s also tweeted out a link so citizens can make sure they’re registered to vote.

What is the 8th amendment?

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For those who aren’t quite up to date with Irish politics right now, the 8th amendment is about abortions. Right now, it is illegal for women to get an abortion in Ireland. Women travel abroad to terminate pregnancies, many because their pregnancies may either risk their lives or they are going to give birth to terminally ill or severely disabled children. Women face 14 years imprisonment for illegal abortions, as well as put their own lives at risk if they get backstreet abortions.

Whatever your opinion on abortions, the Irish celebrities supporting the repeal of the 8th amendment simply want women to have the right to choose what happens to their body.

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Men and women have come together to support the “Yes” vote. In one video, they share that it’s a vote for sisters, wives, mothers, girlfriends, and daughters.

The referendum takes place on May 25 in Ireland. Whichever way you want to vote, this is the day to cast it and let your government know.