Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Abortion

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

"I think it's a very sad day for Ireland. when the people have voted for abortion", said Cora Sherlock of the Love Both campaign.

The vote pitted conservative backers of strict abortion laws against those supporting a woman's right to choose. 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.

To work around the restrictions, almost 170,000 women traveled outside of Ireland to the United Kingdom and other European counties to get legal abortions between 1980 and 2016, Vox noted.

"AUL offers our support to the pro-life people of Ireland - we continue to stand with you and thank you for your valiant efforts to defend life".

"We are calling on Mrs May, a self-identifying feminist, to negotiate with the parties in Northern Ireland and then to legislate without further delay", Chakrabarti said.

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.

Death of a 31-year-old Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar is said to have acted as a catalyst in this movement.

Women will need to be examined and the pregnancy dated.

The referendum result in the Republic of Ireland may increase pressure on Northern Ireland to follow suit.

Tory backbencher Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the Commons Health Committee, said: "I would vote to support an extension of abortion rights to all women across the whole UK".

But DUP MP Ian Paisley insisted Northern Ireland "should not be bullied into accepting abortion on demand".

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Politicians from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the largest party in Northern Ireland, have spoken out angrily in response.

Crowds of pro-choice campaigners also chanted the name "Savita" outside Dublin Castle as the official results of the referendum were announced on Saturday.

Northern Ireland's elected assembly has the right to bring its abortion laws in line with the rest of Britain, but voted against doing so in February 2016 and the assembly has not sat since the devolved government collapsed in January 2017.

"We are being denied our human rights, and especially in the realm of healthcare".

Savita Halappanavar died from infection after miscarrying her first child in an Irish hospital in October 2012.

"Obviously immediate friends, family and colleagues knew".

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

"The hardest thing was knowing your baby was there but you wouldn't get the happy times at the end". I'd be surprised if we haven't undergone the same sort of change there. "It's really not humane". It also urged the government to begin working on the legislation immediately after the referendum verdict was passed.

Amnesty has a petition lobbying the British government for change and it is using the #ItsTime and #NoWomanLeftBehind hashtags to help promote the message.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said: "Under the Eighth Amendment women in crisis pregnancy have been told: 'Take the plane or take the boat.' Today we tell them: 'Take our hand'".

"I just couldn't miss this for the world", she added.

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