U2 Tweets Stance on Irish Abortion Referendum, Draws Ire From Pro-Life Fans

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U2 have gotten some pushback from pro-lifers in their native Ireland, as the legendary and outspoken Irish rock group tweeted an image reading “Repeal the 8th” on May 1, drawing backlash from a conservative faction their fanbase.

Many fans signaled that they would no longer support the group and responded to U2's statement by citing their stance as a violation their Christian ethics, some going so far as to call the position hypocritical for a band that supports the downtrodden and asking who would “speak for the baby.” 

Others were more supportive, saying the rockers weren’t “telling anyone to have an abortion.”

Vote on May 25th pic.twitter.com/jiCVZvfJuH

— U2 (@U2) May 1, 2018

The fending tweet refers to the 8th Amendment Ireland’s constitution, which states its unequivocal stance against abortion: “The State acknowledges the right to life the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”