Irish antiabortion campaign promises to 'regroup' as ban is overturned

28 May, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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In Ireland, 66 percent of the electorate voted to change the country's strict abortion laws, with thousands of Irish citizens living in Europe returning home to take part in the historic vote.

The Irish Times and RTE television exit polls suggest the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the 1983 constitutional amendment, which requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law.

"A hundred years since women got the right to vote".

In the lead-up to the Irish Referendum, thousands of Irish people living overseas flew home so they could cast their ballot, sharing their stories using the hashtag #HomeToVote.

"Many will see the results of Friday's referendum as an indication that the Catholic Church in Ireland is regarded today by many with indifference and as having a marginal role in the formation of Irish culture", Martin said in a homily published by the Archdiocese of Dublin.

As momentum grew, the Irish government was forced to put a vote on legalizing abortion to the people.

A big crowd of autonomy loving voters going mad for a good boy is honestly the best mob content we've seen.

"I think about her every day", he said. Lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not seek to block the government's plans to allow abortions with no restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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.

The campaign was defined by women publicly sharing their painful experiences of leaving the country for procedures, a key reason why all but one of Ireland's 40 constituencies voted "Yes".

Until now, women in Ireland seeking abortion have had to travel overseas to England, Scotland or Wales, where termination has been a legal right since the Abortion Act was passed in 1967.

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She became a symbol of Ireland's campaign to repeal its stringent abortion laws.

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She said members of online communities such as "Abroad for Yes" set up "amazing support systems", with people quickly chipping in to buy tickets for would-be voters who couldn't afford the trip home. "I voted for you, Savita, I'm sorry we failed you", one note read.

Another politician from the party, Jim Wells, a former Northern Ireland health minister, said that the result in Ireland was "an extremely worrying development for the protection of the unborn child in Northern Ireland".

After the resounding Yes vote on Saturday, one young woman from Northern Ireland chose to speak up about her experience of having an illegal, self-medicated abortion at home several years ago.

Abortion is still banned in some 20 countries worldwide, while others have highly restrictive laws in place.

"Today is an historic day for Ireland".

Although she had requested an abortion after developing these complications, doctors by law were unable to perform the necessary termination that could have saved Savita her life.

"To be Irish now means to be open", he said.

In the United Kingdom, abortion is legal on the British mainland but remains outlawed in Northern Ireland.


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