Sanctions to be dropped before new abortion law

Hugh Fox
May 28, 2018

The referendum repeals Ireland's Eighth Amendment, which was added to the constitution in 1983, which banned abortion in Ireland unless there was a "real and substantial risk" to the mother's life.

Former women and equalities minister Justine Greening said: "It's clear it's now time for debate and action to achieve the rights for NI women that we have as women across the rest of the United Kingdom". "There has been really a lot, too much struggle for the Irish ladies". "No more isolation. The burden of shame is gone".

"What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions", the Save The 8th group said.

"What we see is the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades", said Mr Varadkar, who became Ireland's first openly gay Prime Minister past year.

Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt - who is responsible for the women and equalities brief in government - said the referendum signalled a "historic and great day for Ireland" and a "hopeful one for Northern Ireland". This is Ireland's second chance to treat everyone equally and with compassion and respect.

Saturday's result removes the equal right to life of the unborn and mother from the constitution.

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The parents of a woman who died in Ireland after being refused an abortion during a miscarriage said "the battle is won" after last week's referendum result.

Penny Mordaunt, Britain's women and equalities minister, said the victory to legalize abortion should now bring change north of the Irish border. "This is about women taking their rightful place in Irish society, finally".

"Her kindness and life as an immigrant - who came to Ireland to provide care to people - should be recognised and celebrated".

Many went online to share their flight itineraries, and some tweeted photos taken with like-minded voters at airports - most wearing the "Repeal" sweatshirts that became the symbol of the prevailing sentiment.

People all around the world are celebrating what they consider a reproductive victory.

Some supporters had tears of joy running down their cheeks, and many women hugged each other. Cheers erupted every time partial results were shown on two big screens transmitting the latest television news.

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There were cheers when the vote tally was announced at Dublin Castle.

Speaking after a landslide referendum in favour of repealing the republic's ban on abortions, Varadkar said Ireland had emerged from the shadows and come of age.

Savita's husband, Praveen Halappanavar had said that he and his wife had repeatedly asked for the pregnancy to be terminated after her admission to hospital, but they had been told: "This is a Catholic country".

Sweeney was one of many Irish expatriates who made the journey home to vote in the landmark referendum.

"That hope must be met", she said.

"We are deeply saddened to learn that many Irish people voted against love and life by repealing the 8 amendment", Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life commented.

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It indicates about 72 percent of women voted "yes" along with about 66 percent of men.

Mr Wells called on Northern Ireland's anti-abortion movement to "redouble its efforts" to prevent any change of the law there.

Reuters Activists react at the count centre as votes are tallied following Ireland's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Dublin.

"We have always opposed "abortion on demand" but have recognised that exceptional cases such as rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities may give rise to termination, and we would wish to see these provided for in the new legislation".

Orla O'Connor, chair of the campaign, said: "The people have spoken".

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