Save the 8th: "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions" 3 years ago

Save the 8th: "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions"

Strong words from Save the 8th...

The decision of the Irish people has been made, at the time of writing, there will be a YES vote in this country. It's a landslide victory for the YES side.

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The result looks like it will be in line with the RTÉ and Irish Times exit polls which were released late on Friday with around 67%-69% of the country voting in favour of repealing The Eighth Amendment.

Save the 8th conceded defeat in the referendum early on Saturday and released a strong statement outlining their disappointment with the result.

"What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it," a statement from Save the 8th read.

"We are so proud of all of those who stood with us in this campaign – our supporters, our donors, our families, and our loved ones. This campaign took a huge personal toll on all of us who were involved, and we have been so grateful for their support.

"The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state. Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well. Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.

"Abortion was wrong yesterday. It remains wrong today. The constitution has changed, but the facts have not."