Google announced it will ban all ads pertaining to Ireland’s abortion referendum on Wednesday in an effort to protect the integrity of the pro-life and pro-abortion forces within the nation.
“Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have decided to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment,” Google stated Wednesday, according to BBC News.
The move comes after Facebook announced Tuesday it won’t accept any foreign ads related to Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion.
“This change will apply to ads we determine to be coming from foreign entities which are attempting to influence the outcome of the vote on May 25,” Facebook said in a statement. (RELATED: Facebook Bans Foreign Ads On Irish Abortion Referendum)
If Ireland votes in the referendum to repeal Ireland’s ban on abortions, women will be able to have abortions up to six months into a pregnancy. Between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, however, abortions will be permitted only in the presence of fatal fetal abnormalities and where the mother’s life is threatened. Abortion after three months will remain illegal in Ireland save these exceptions, according to The Irish Times.
Abortion advocates have called Ireland’s abortion ban “archaic and dangerous.”
Forty percent of Irish people support unrestricted abortion until 12 weeks into pregnancy, but 33 percent said they think allowing unrestricted abortion until this pregnancy date goes too far, according to a Sunday Independent and Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll. About 20 percent are undecided. The poll included 970 respondents and was conducted across Britain Feb. 6 to 14.
Fewer than three in 10 Irish support elective abortions, according to Breaking News. Support for elective abortions (namely, abortions for reasons other than to save the mother’s life, rape cases and grave fetal abnormalities) is low.
The May 25 referendum vote will be tight, recent polling suggests.
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