Ireland heading for a historic Yes vote in referendum as 68% back legalising abortions, exit polls reveal

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Ireland is set to vote in favour of looser abortion laws with exit polls predicting a 68 per cent Yes vote in Friday's referendum.

An Ipsos/MRBI poll conducted for the Irish Times expects a stunning landslide for the Yes camp after weeks of campaigning led by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Seventy - Cent - Women - Cent - Men

Seventy per cent of women voted yes along with 65 per cent of men, and all aged groups under 65 were in favour of the ballot.

A massive 87 per cent of voters aged 18 to 24 said they voted Yes, with changing demographics expected to have a significant pull on the result.

Exit - Poll - People - Polling - Places

The exit poll asked 4,000 people at 160 of the about 6,500 polling places how they voted and has a margin of error of about 1.5 per cent.

Another poll by Ireland's national broadcaster RTE is expected at 11.30pm, polling 3,000 voters at 175 polling stations.

Polls - Ballot - Counting - Saturday - Result

Polls closed at 10pm and ballot counting will begin at 9am on Saturday with an official result expected later that day.

Turnout could be more than 70 per cent as more than 100,000 new voters registered ahead of the poll and thousands of expats bordered planes from around the world.

Sex - Marriage - Referendum - Cent - Cent

It was tracking higher than both the 2015 same sex marriage referendum, which got 60.5 per cent, and the 65 per cent who voted in the 2016 general election.

Irish cast their votes to decide whether to repeal the constitution's Eighth Amendment that outlaws almost all abortions.

Amendment - Referendum - Issue - Life - Mother

The amendment, written after a previous referendum on the issue in 1983, considers the life of the mother and unborn child to be equal.

As the law stands, Ireland has one of the most restrictive abortion systems in Europe with women barred from the procedure even in cases of rape.

Abortions - Mother - Life - Danger - Women

Abortions are only allowed if the mother's life is in danger. Women and doctors...
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