Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Irish pro-choice campaigners pledge to back N Ireland abortion reform supporters

Irish pro-choice campaigners pledge to back N Ireland abortion reform supporters

Belagavi: "Our daughter's soul is now consoled", the parents of a woman who died of complications in 2012 after being denied abortion by doctors in Ireland said today, a day after the country voted to repeal its stringent abortion laws in a landmark referendum.

Official results of Friday's referendum showed that of about 2.1 million votes cast, 1.4 million were in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment to Ireland's Constitution that says a mother and unborn child have an "equal right to life".

Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws is declared.

Another wrote,"I'm not Irish, but Ireland is where I lived & studied for years, where I was raped & learned the reality of gender inequality, where I've continued to have important conversations with feminists, activists & artists".

But Cannon also said he respected the results of the referendum and would "vote to implement the will of our people, as expressed today".

A big crowd of autonomy loving voters going mad for a good boy is honestly the best mob content we've seen. Savita's husband settled with the state-run hospital out of court for a sum running into six figures, and the abortion laws were amended in 2013 to allow termination of pregnancies in extreme cases where the woman's life is in danger.


Savita's father, Andanappa Yelagi, told local media at the family home in India he supports calls for the new legislation to be named in her honour.

Les Allamby, Northern Ireland's commissioner for human rights, who is backing the supreme court case, said that if the ruling went against the existing legislation, and Stormont was still suspended, the United Kingdom government would have to act.

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". Making abortion legal in only the first trimester will still allow most Irish women who want an abortion to obtain one in their home country, instead of traveling to nearby England.

"A quiet revolution has taken place", Varadkar said in a speech at Dublin Castle.

The vote joins other progressive steps forward for the country, including 2015's historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

Anti-abortion groups in Ireland vowed to continue their fight to protect existing abortion laws and the rights of the unborn child despite an apparent referendum setback.


While the referendum vote was not legally binding, it gave politicians the freedom to repeal the eighth without being hindered by constitutional prohibition.

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.

Now, nearly six years on from her unexpected death, voters have agreed to remove the Republic of Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion and there have been calls to name the new legislation Savita's Law.

Abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Since 1983, around 170,000 Irish women have gone overseas for terminations.

But Mrs May faces a political headache over calls to act because her fragile administration depends on the support of the 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs, who provide her working majority in the Commons but who strongly oppose any reform to Northern Ireland's strict laws.


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

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