Irish turn attention to parliament as abortion ban voted out

How Tragic Death Of An Indian Woman Sparked History-Making Vote In Ireland

How Tragic Death Of An Indian Woman Sparked History-Making Vote In Ireland

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called the verdict the "culmination of a quiet revolution".

Her Tory colleague, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, who is also responsible for the women and equalities brief within Government, said the referendum signalled a "historic and great day for Ireland" and a "hopeful one for Northern Ireland".

"The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decisions and the right choices about their own healthcare", Varadkar said as counting continued Saturday afternoon.

The DUP MP Jim Shannon said: "We have a Northern Ireland assembly that has been in limbo for 18 months". And unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, abortions are banned apart from when the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.

Irish Catholics attending Sunday Mass were disappointed with the result of a referendum in which voters opted to legalise abortion and think it reflects the weakening of the church - a situation that was unthinkable in Ireland a generation ago. "This is about women taking their rightful place in Irish society, finally".

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No social issue had divided Ireland's 4.8 million people as sharply as abortion, which was pushed up the political agenda by the death in 2012 of a 31-year-old Indian immigrant from a septic miscarriage after she was refused a termination. It would also likely end the need for thousands of Irish women to travel overseas - mostly to neighboring Britain - for abortions they can't get at home.

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Hugging, celebrating, singing and cheering wildly, thousands crammed into the courtyard of Dublin Castle, where the official result was declared, chanting "Yes! Yes!"

He also said staff told them that Ireland was "a Catholic country".

Together For Yes, an umbrella group representing pro-repeal organisations, said at a news conference in Dublin that it would support naming the new law after Savita.

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On Friday, people in the Republic of Ireland voted to remove the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which gave the unborn an equal right to life as a pregnant woman.

The RTE poll indicated that about 72 percent of women voted "yes" along with about 66 percent of men.

Younger voters showed more support for overturning the amendment than older voters, according to RTÉ exit poll projections. It isn't yet clear what strategy abortion opponents will use in parliament in light of the unexpectedly large vote in favour of repeal.

While the Irish Government plans to bring in legislation by the end of the year, the referendum result will not affect Northern Ireland, where cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality are not considered grounds for a legal termination. He now expects new abortion legislation to come into effect by the end of the year.

'I was really glad to see her father say that yesterday they felt they had justice for their daughter'.

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He said Saturday would be remembered as the day that historically deeply socially conservative Ireland "stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light".

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