Irish turn attention to parliament as abortion ban voted out

28 May, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Carlos George
  • How Tragic Death Of An Indian Woman Sparked History-Making Vote In Ireland

At Dublin's RDS count centre, 40-year-old nurse Ruth Bowie wept at the results.

A leading Irish obstetrician told the inquest that Savita would probably have survived if she had got a termination in the first three days of her stay in the hospital.

Over two-thirds of Irish voters supported the "Yes" campaign, which will lead to the repeal of the controversial eighth amendment to Ireland's constitution, effectively ending the country's ban on abortion.

Some 1,429,981 votes were cast for Yes. The turnout was 64 percent.

The almost two-to-one vote ended a harsh anti-abortion regime enacted in 1983. Remarkable day. A quiet revolution has taken place, a great act of democracy.

The vote removes a 1983 amendment that required Irish authorities to defend the lives of a woman and a foetus equally on nearly all abortions.

A Yes voter breaks down in tears as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment.

"No more stigma. The veil of secrecy is lifted".

It will also make it easier for the government to claim a mandate for more liberal laws when the divisive issue goes to parliament later this year.

She was one of many who spoke out about what she says was misinformation and misconceptions online, and says that momentum must not be lost from the #RepealTheEighth movement.

Belfast priest and Belfast Telegraph commentator Fr Patrick McCafferty said: "It is a dark and sad day for our country". Lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not seek to block the government's legislation.

Following a 2015 vote, Ireland legalized same-sex marriage.

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People over 65 voted 60 percent against.

Celebrities who had campaigned for liberalisation were victorious.

The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, said abortion reforms that brought the rights of women in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom were "a test" of the prime minister's feminism.

Yes campaigner and ROSA activist Keishia Taylor celebrates.

"The outcome of the referendum is an extremely worrying development for the protection of the unborn child in Northern Ireland", said Jim Wells, a member of Northern Ireland's socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party.

About 160 MPs have backed a letter, championed by the Labour MP Stella Creasy, saying the government should legislate as Northern Ireland will now be the only place in Britain and Ireland where abortion is illegal in most circumstances. In Europe, only Malta and Poland have similar bans.

McGuirk found solace in the fact that his hometown voted overwhelmingly in favor of the abortion ban. Terminating a pregnancy carries a 14-year maximum jail term. Current law prohibits all abortions in Ireland, except when the life of the mother is at risk.

Since 1983, the now-repealed Eighth Amendment had forced women seeking to terminate pregnancies to go overseas for abortions, bear children conceived through rape or incest, or take illegal measures at home.

In practice, it meant Irish women had to travel overseas for terminations.

May's statement didn't mention Northern Ireland, where restrictions on abortion remain.

Sinn Fein's party leaders from both sides of the border held up a placard at Dublin Castle reading: "The North is next".



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