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‘Quiet revolution’: Ireland votes to legalize abortion

28 Mai 2018

The still-grieving father of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a miscarriage, has welcomed the result of Ireland's landmark referendum to overturn the abortion ban, saying "we have got justice for Savita".

"Yes" voters want to repeal the eighth amendment, which was voted into the constitution through a public referendum in 1983 and bans almost all abortion.

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

If the Yes vote is confirmed, the Irish Government intends to legislate by the end of the year to make it relatively easy for a woman to obtain the procedure in early pregnancy. The once conservative nation voted "yes" to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion.

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"The people have spoken", Varadkar said.

"That hope must be met", she said.

Her death in October 2012 reignited a fierce debate over abortion in Ireland and ultimately led to the campaign for a referendum.

Many lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not try to block the bill. As a result, Irish women would wished to terminate their pregnancies had to seek illegal options within the country - at the risk of being thrown in jail for 14 years - or travel overseas.

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

Following a 2015 vote, Ireland legalized same-sex marriage.

Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

"This campaign does not end with the referendum, but when the government properly supports the mother and child", the Pro Life Campaign said.

He continued: "We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called 'Savita's law.' It should be named for her".

The situation in Ireland will continue to change, and it's possible that the now proposed procedures will shift as politicians finalize the details.

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick called the result "deeply regrettable and chilling for those of us who voted "No".

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

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'".

After 12 weeks abortions will be allowed in certain circumstances, such as if there is a risk to the women's life or serious risk to her health, and two doctors are asked if a termination can be permitted.

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

"It's incredible how the Irish at home and overseas came together to make this happen", she said.

"First of all I know our minds and our eyes turn to the north, where there is a need for clear, comprehensive abortion legislation to be introduced to give the women in Northern Ireland access to the care that they need".

‘Quiet revolution’: Ireland votes to legalize abortion