- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2018

U2 is encouraging the repeal of Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion.

In a Twitter post Tuesday, the Irish rock band told its fans to vote to “Repeal the 8th” in the May 25 referendum.

The Ireland Constitution was amended in 1983 to recognize “the right to life of the unborn” and to “defend and vindicate that right.”

Polls show that the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment enjoys broad support in the traditionally Roman Catholic nation.

The most recent Red C poll, published Sunday by the Business Post, showed that 53 percent favor repeal, compared to 26 percent who do not and 21 percent who are undecided.

Forty-seven percent still support the repeal when the government’s plan to limit abortions to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is also introduced, while 32 percent are opposed to that arrangement and 21 percent are undecided.

U2 frontman Bono is known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, and several of the rock band’s songs include allusions to Christ.


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