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REFERENDUM ON TWENTY-FIFTH CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
6 MARCH 2002

Below is a breakdown by constituency of the referendum on the government's proposal to tighten the republic's abortion laws; turnout was 43 per cent. The figures show a pronounced urban-rural split among voters, with the 'No' campaign having been strongest in Dun Laoghaire, where it polled 68 per cent of the vote, and the proposed amendment proving most popular in Donegal South West, with almost 67 per cent of voters endorsing it. This was the third referendum on abortion in the past twenty years. The ballot question put to voters was as follows:

Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution as set out in the undermentioned Bill?
Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy) Bill.
The referendum proposes to add two new sub-sections to Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution. It acknowledges the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn.
A new Article 40.3.4 states: "In particular, the life of the unborn in the womb shall be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Act, 2002."
A new Article 40.3.5 proposes that this Act cannot be changed unless it is approved by the people in a new referendum.
The main provisions of the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Bill are:
The threat of suicide, based on the X case, will be removed as a ground for abortion;
Abortion will be defined as the intentional destruction by any means of unborn human life after implantation in the womb. (This definition presumes that the IUD and the morning-after pill will have legal protection);
A procedure carried out by a medical practitioner at an approved place - to be laid down by the Minister by regulation after the referendum - to prevent a real and substantial risk of the loss of a woman's life, other than by self-destruction, will not be regarded as an abortion;
Anyone aiding or procuring an abortion will be liable for up to 12 years' imprisonment.
The right to information and freedom to travel for an abortion are restated in the Bill.


RESULTS BY CONSTITUENCY

Constituency
Yes
No
Spoiled
Valid Poll
Carlow-Kilkenny
22623 (55.9%)
17887 (44.2%)
231
40510
Cavan-Monaghan
23171 (66%)...
11956 (34%)...
233
35127
Clare
17498 (57.8%)
12780 (42.2%)
180
30278
Cork East
16897 (56%)..
13281 (44%)...
123
30178
Cork North West
14175 (61.8%)
.8749 (38.2%)
153
22924
Cork South West
11527 (53.7%)
..9931 (46.3%)
165
21458
Cork North Central
15624 (49.5%)
15943 (50.5%)
179
31567
Donegal North East
13394 (70.6%)
.5580 (29.4%)
..94
18974
Donegal South West
12084 (66.8%)
..6001 (33.2%)
127
18085
Donegal Central
10178 (41%)...
14634 (59%)....
134
24812
Dublin North Central
14070 (42%)...
19473 (58%)....
137
33543
Dublin North East
10763 (35.9%)
19259 (64.2%)
104
30022
Dublin North West
11064 (42%)...
15286 (58%)...
146
26350
Dublin South Central
12241 (39.6%)
18662 (60.4%)
157
30903
Dublin South East
.9414 (32.5%)
19558 (67.5%)
125
28972
Dublin North
12877 (36.1%)
22829 (63.9%)
111
35706
Dublin South
17451 (35.1%)
32339 (65%)
224
49790
Dublin South West
12369 (36.1%)
21933 (63.9%)
141
34302
Dublin West
13285 (36.3%)
23344 (63.7%)
107
36629
Dun Laoghaire
14653 (31.8%)
31476 (68.2%)
207
46129
Galway East
16170 (63.2%)
..9424 (36.8%)
183
25594
Galway West
15996 (49.8%)
16101 (50.2%)
150
32247
Kerry North
11439 (57.3%)
.8537 (42.7%)
112
19976
Kerry South
11392 (59.5%)
..7759 (40.5%)
148
19151
Kildare North
11446 (42.6%)
15415 (57.4%)
117
26861
Kildare South
10110 (49.4%)
10375 (50.7%)
108
20485
Laois-Offaly
23207 (61.4%)
14618 (38.7%)
235
37825
Limerick East
16485 (48%)...
17890 (52%)
206
34375
Limerick West
12543 (58.8%)
8786 (41.2%)
151
21329
Longford-Roscommon
17093 (63.9%)
9650 (36%)..
168
26743
Louth
17025 (50.3%)
16799 (49.7%)
192
33824
Mayo
19797 (61.6%)
12334 (33.4%)
188
32131
Meath
22698 (51.9%)
21012 (48%)...
204
43710
Sligo-Leitrim
15429 (59.3%)
10602 (40.7%)
162
26031
Tipperary North
15197 (63.7%)
.8647 (36.3%)
158
23844
Tipperary South
13099 (58.1%)
9459 (41.9%)
153
22558
Waterford
15874 (49.4%)
16285 (50.6%)
156
32159
Westmeath
11888 (58.3%)
8497 (41.7%)
129
20385
Wexford
19487 (51.6%)
18295 (48.4%)
215
37782
Wicklow
16788 (41.1%)
24032 (58.9%)
221
40820
TOTAL
618485 (49.6%)..
629041 (50.4%)..
6649
1,247,526......


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