Monday 16 September 2019

Final Results

Repeal the Eighth Amendment?

Yes 66.40% 1,429,981

No 33.60% 723,632

  • Constituencies declared: 40/40

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'It's not what the song is about' - Ed Sheeran denounces use of song by 'No' campaign

Ed Sheeran (Isabel Infantes/PA)
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Ed Sheeran has denounced anti-abortion campaigners after they used one of his tracks.

The singer-songwriter distanced himself from those using Small Bump to promote the anti-abortion cause, saying "it does not reflect what the song is about" in a post on Instagram.

The track, released in 2011, is from Sheeran's debut album Plus.

The musician said: "I've been informed that my song Small Bump is being used to promote the Pro-Life campaign, and I feel it's important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about."

On Friday the public will cast their vote on whether to repeal the eighth amendment in the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to the mother and to the unborn, and replace it with wording to allow for parliament to legislate for the termination of pregnancies.

Currently, terminations are only allowed when the life of the mother is at risk, including from suicide, and the maximum penalty for accessing an illegal abortion is 14 years in prison.


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