Ir­ish urged to re­turn to vote in abor­tion law ref­er­en­dum

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are flock­ing back to the emer­ald isle – en­cour­aged by the Hometovote cam­paign – to cast their vote in what many re­gard as a long over­due vote on women’s rights.

Some are re­turn­ing from as far away as Kenya, Canada and Aus­tralia.

Erica, a 25-year-old from County Kil­dare who lives and works in Brus­sels, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘‘Vot­ing Yes will al­low more com­pas­sion­ate leg­is­la­tion so that women can choose what is right for them.

‘‘It’s not nec­es­sar­ily proabor­tion, it’s pro-choice. Hav­ing that op­tion for a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons is very im­por­tant and women do not have that op­tion,’’ said the PR pro­fes­sional. Bluithin Car­roll, 21, who works in London, said she would vote Yes in sup­port of her grand­mother, who was forced to carry her preg­nancy to term de­spite suf­fer­ing from a fa­tal fe­tal ab­nor­mal­ity.

‘‘She should not have had this ex­pe­ri­ence, and over 50 years later, women of Ire­land should not be hav­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence. No Ir­ish woman in the fu­ture should have this ex­pe­ri­ence, no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances of her preg­nancy. ‘‘I’m trav­el­ling home to vote with the hope that my one jour­ney from the UK to Ire­land will help pre­vent the 3000 jour­neys taken ev­ery year by women trav­el­ling for abor­tion ser­vices abroad, be­cause their own coun­try turned them away,’’ she said.

Not ev­ery­one who is com­ing home plans to vote Yes, how­ever. The pro-choice group Love Both, for ex­am­ple, is also call­ing on young con­ser­va­tive vot­ers to re­turn to Ire­land and cast their vote for No.

‘‘I think ba­bies de­serve the right to life and de­serve pro­tec­tion just like ev­ery­body else, and I don’t think this is the best thing for women, I think women de­serve bet­ter than abor­tions,’’ said Re­becca, a pro-life voter fly­ing back to Dublin from London, in a No cam­paign video.

The Catholic church has also strongly op­posed re­peal­ing the eighth amend­ment. - Tel­e­gaph Group The United States has is­sued a health alert to Amer­i­cans in China af­ter re­ports of a ‘‘sonic at­tack’’ on one of its diplo­matic staff.

The US State Depart­ment said a gov­ern­ment em­ployee suf­fered a mild trau­matic brain in­jury af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ‘‘ab­nor­mal’’ sen­sa­tions of sound and pres­sure, sim­i­lar to the wave of so-called ‘‘sonic at­tacks’’ on its diplo­mats in Cuba.

In a health alert is­sued yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said an em­ployee based in the south­ern Chi­nese city of Guangzhou re­ported ‘‘sub­tle and vague but ab­nor­mal, sen­sa­tions of sound and pres­sure’’.

‘‘The US gov­ern­ment is tak­ing

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