On May 25, Ireland will hold a referendum on whether to repeal the eighth amendment, which recognises the equal right to life of a foetus and mother during pregnancy. Ireland has some of the strictest abortion laws worldwide and the debate leading up to the referendum is proving one of the most polarising in years. The following visualization is based on a map produced by The Center for Reproductive Rights since 1998. As Ireland gets ready to go to the polls, it shows the legal status of abortion across the world.
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