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DUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Irish rock band U2 is getting slammed for its support of the legalization of abortion on the Emerald Isle.
The band tweeted out a photo endorsing the "Repeal the 8th" campaign ahead of the May 25 abortion referendum to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in Ireland.
The Eighth Amendment passed in 1983 with almost 67 percent in favor and 33 percent opposed. Abortion was legalized in limited cases when the life of the mother was endangered in 2013 but repealing the Eighth Amendment would pave the way to much wider abortion access.
U2's backing prompted a backlash from hundreds of pro-life supporters who blasted the band for its Christian roots, including Chris Stefanick, who said, "You've turned your back on your Irish Catholic people fighting for a culture of life and human dignity at the most fundamental level."
You've turned your back on your Irish Catholic people fighting for a culture of life and human dignity at the most fundamental level.— Chris Stefanick (@ChrisStefanick) May 2, 2018
Fans also refused to attend future concerts and buy tickets, even after supporting the band for years. A user who identifies herself as Christy tweeted, saying, "This breaks my heart. I have loved and followed you for 20 years. I still love you, but I can't follow you down this road. My tickets to upcoming shows will go unused."
This breaks my heart. I have loved and followed you for 20 years. I still love you but I can't follow you down this road. My tickets to upcoming shows will go unused.— Christy (@ChristyRae2013) May 1, 2018
Dave Evans, known as the Edge, and Adam Clayton of U2 told The Times in an article published Thursday that people should throw their support behind the "yes" vote in the upcoming referendum.
"I think we have acknowledged that it's a very emotive issue, and I think that we acknowledged that there are strong feelings on both sides in Ireland," insisted Evans, the lead guitarist. "I am in favor of repealing, but I do understand why people might have a problem with that. The important thing is to vote."
This comes as the most recent poll is showing an upswing in support for keeping abortion illegal in the Emerald Isle. The Millward Brown survey published Sunday revealed that 34 percent are in favor of the Eighth Amendment, which is an increase of 8 percent from a March survey.
The poll also reported that 18 percent are undecided and four percent did not express an opinion.
Ruth Cullen of the Love Both campaign, in reference to saving the Eighth Amendment for both the lives of mothers and their unborn children, commented, "Today's poll shows another significant slide in support for the government's proposal and an encouraging increase in support for retaining the Eighth Amendment. People are actually shocked when they realize that repeal would leave zero legal protection for unborn babies in the Constitution."