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An $83 Abortion Pill Is Shaping Ireland's Last Great Moral Fight

  • Nation goes to polls on May 25 to vote on abortion laws
  • Irish PM warns pills might lead women to ‘bleed to death’
A Yes voter looks across at a supporter of the No campaign during a LoveBoth Stand Up For Life rally on May 12.
A Yes voter looks across at a supporter of the No campaign during a LoveBoth Stand Up For Life rally on May 12.Photographer: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An $83 pill whose use carries a 14-year jail sentence is helping drive Ireland’s abortion debate.

Confronted with some of western Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminating pregnancies, women have increasingly turned to the abortion pill. On May 25, Ireland will vote on a proposal to liberalize those laws, with bookmakers suggesting the government has about an 85 percent chance of succeeding in removing a constitutional ban on terminations in most circumstances.