Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Abortion vote heaps pressure on May to liberalise laws in Northern Ireland

Abortion vote heaps pressure on May to liberalise laws in Northern Ireland

In 2012, the death of 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar - who died from miscarriage complications after being denied an abortion in the country - became a catalyst for the Irish abortion rights movement.

All but one of Ireland's 40 constituencies voted "Yes" and contributed to the 66 percent that carried the proposal, nearly an exact reversal of the 1983 referendum result that inserted the ban into the constitution. As a result of the Eighth Amendment to the document, which voters overwhelmingly backed in 1983, the state "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn" and gives the unborn "equal right to life as the mother".

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 ultimately this was a uniquely Irish vote fueled by reform.

The results of the vote led to an outpouring of emotion from the crowd of protestors, with many chanting the "Savita, Savita", in reference to dentist Savita Halappanavar, 31, whose tragic death in 2012 sparked worldwide outrage.

Some 1,429,981 votes were cast for Yes.

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

The referendum could pave the law for legislation to allow for abortions as late as 12 weeks into pregnancy, or later in cases threatening a woman's health or in the event of fatal fetal abnormality.

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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".

Many lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not try to block the bill.

Most women from Northern Ireland, who are seeking an abortion, travel to Britain.

"This campaign does not end with the referendum, but when the government properly supports the mother and child", the Pro Life Campaign said. Mr Varadkar said he expected the new law to be passed by parliament within six months. Some said it seemed as if almost everyone on their flights was headed home to vote yes on the repeal.

Abortions are now only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk.

He reminded others in opposition to legalizing abortion in Ireland: "Today will be a hard and difficult day, but hold your heads high". "The government I lead will be one of the new European center as we seek to build a Republic of opportunity, that is a Republic in which every citizen gets a fair go and in which every part of the country stands to share in our prosperity".

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

In an address to mass-goers in Maynooth, west of Dublin, Martin said the Church needed to renew its pro-life stance not just in words but in deeds also, Irish media reported.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP, the two major parties representing Northern Ireland's Irish Catholics, and the cross-community Alliance Party, back overturning the ban.

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