20/05/2018 08:27 SAST | Updated 20/05/2018 10:54 SAST

Ed Sheeran Distances Himself From Anti-Abortion Campaigners

"It does not reflect what the song is about," Sheeran said of "Small Bump", when he discovered it was being used by anti-abortion campaigners.

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Ed Sheeran distances himself from pro-life campaigners.

Ed Sheeran has distanced himself from anti-choice activists, less than a week before Ireland's referendum on abortion laws, following reports they used one of his songs in their campaign.

The award-winning British pop star told his followers on Instagram on Friday that he had been informed his song "Small Bump" was being used by activists who want to retain Ireland's almost complete ban on abortion.

He said: "I feel it's important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the sing is about."

His comments come ahead of Ireland's referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.

Ed Sheeran's post on Instagram.

"Small Bump" is from Sheeran's 2011 debut album, "Plus".

Its lyrics include: "You're just a small bump unborn, in four months you're brought to life/ You might be left with my hair, but you'll have your mother's eyes/ I'll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can/ But for now you're scan of my unmade plans/ A small bump in four months you're brought to life."

Sheeran is currently playing a number of concerts on tour in Ireland.

The Abortion Act 1967 came into effect 50 years ago in the U.K., allowing women to access safe and legal abortion on the NHS.

But just a short distance away in Ireland, women are still forced to travel if they need to terminate a pregnancy.

On Friday, May 25, voters in Ireland will decide whether they want to change the country's strict abortion laws.

Ireland currently only allows terminations when the mother's life is at risk. Women can go to jail for up to 14 years for accessing an illegal abortion.