In just two weeks Ireland will face making a decision on of the most socially divisive issues of recent times - whether or not the Eighth Amendment. In a last bid attempt to remind their followers and fans, well known Irish faces have come out in support of repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Last week U2, Ireland's most recognisable band, encouraged their fans to vote on May 25th on their Instagram account with a Repeal the 8th post. Receiving over 19,000 likes, the post received a mixed reaction with some angry that the band had taken a stance on the issue.
After being criticised and questioned by the industry for their silence on their issue, Irish bloggers - with followers of over 100,000 people per social media account - have begun to come out in support of repeal.
As the campaign moves forward, yesterday a stream of tweets joined the Twittersphere as young, old, and famous faces shared who they'll be voting yes for. The Twitter thread became the most trending topic in Ireland and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou Mac Donald and popular author Marian Keyes were just some of the women tweeting with the hashtag #WhoNneedsYourYes.
If you're unsure of how you're voting on the 25th or need to help somebody who's undecided here's just a few of the people who need a yes vote. Some readers may find the following stories and information upsetting:
My yes is for all of us. As girls, women, mothers #WhoNeedsYourYes #Together4Yes pic.twitter.com/hHIgJIUI97
— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) May 13, 2018
My Yes is for my Granny. She never lived to see a more compassionate, caring Ireland. #WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/xLPIzLPRbj
— Sarah Clarkin (@SarahClarkin) May 13, 2018
For every woman and young girl in Ireland who might have a crisis pregnancy, I'm voting YES on May 25th so they won't have to travel or take illegal pills without medical care #WhoNeedsYourYes
— Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) May 13, 2018
It’s horrible to be exiled for healthcare. But my Yes is for: those who can’t travel - those without money, homes or visas. The generations that come after us. And those who’ve been keeping secrets for decades. We’re sorry we let you keep them on your own #whoneedsyouryes
— Tara Flynn (@TaraFlynn) May 14, 2018
There's lots of people I'm voting Yes for but in particular the children we send to England to access abortion. #WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/j4g34hmrrE
— Daithi (@daithigor) May 13, 2018
My last pregnancy seriously damaged both my physical and mental health. I had PND, I had a goodbye text typed out and pills in my hand to take my own life. A neighbour knocked and interrupted me. I don't want to be pregnant again. I won't risk it. #WhoNeedsYourYes #BeMyYes
— Karen Mulreid #Repealthe8th (@beatingblog) May 13, 2018
My yes is for young people in this country who aren't able to vote, and have to sit in this tension & watch Ireland debate their rights, their future. My yes is for those who know that they won't be able to keep living in a country that votes No to their safety. #WhoNeedsYourYes
— ? (@holindazs) May 13, 2018
My yes is for Aishling, my daughter, my teacher. I never imagined I would have a baby with no chance at life. I never knew how many of us out there live with this grief. We all deserve support & compassion. #WhoNeedsYourYes pic.twitter.com/W6nCsxSN1x
— Annie Roche (@anyciar) May 13, 2018