Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

"We believe this is going to be a springboard for the movement in Northern Ireland", said Claire, 27, withholding her last name owing to the sensitivity of the issue. Are Britons less forward-thinking, less concerned with the evidence about abortion safety, than TDs in the Republic of Ireland?

Mr Varadkar also received messages from Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Estonian premier Juri Rattas.

Varadkar officially took office last June, becoming the first openly gay person to lead the largely Catholic country, as well as the youngest at 38 and, as a man of Indian descent, the first of an ethnic minority.

"Friday's referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland, but we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour", DUP leader Arlene Foster said in a statement.

"Some of those who wish to circumvent the assembly's role may be doing so simply to avoid its decision".

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

The current situation "does feel anomalous", she told ITV's Peston on Sunday.

"That hope must be met", she added.

She then had to carry him for a further 12 weeks because of Northern Ireland's restrictive laws.

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"The UK government needs to ensure that no woman on the island of Ireland is left behind, and that women In Northern Ireland can access free, safe and legal abortion at home", she told the BBC.

But Justice Minister Rory Stewart warned against the Commons intervening on the issue.

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". Northern Ireland has the harshest criminal penalty for abortion anywhere in Europe; in theory, life imprisonment can be handed down to a woman undergoing an unlawful abortion.

As a result of the almost 70-30 decision, the 8th amendment of Ireland's Constitution will be repealed and replaced with an "enabling provision for the regulation of termination of pregnancy".

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. It strongly recommended that the Irish parliament consider changing the law, and "any necessary constitutional change".

"To countries who maybe think that sometimes with a background quite similar to ours that this kind of change is not possible, I think yesterday that we showed this change is possible and I hope that those women will look to us as a sign of what they will achieve in their own future", she said.

Pressure is mounting on Theresa May to bring about change to abortion law in Northern Ireland.

Abortion has been banned in Northern Ireland for decades and it is only allowed in cases where the mother's life or mental health is at risk.

Women should have the same rights as those elsewhere in the United Kingdom, he told Sky's Ridge on Sunday, but stressed Labour must "tread sensitively and be aware of the realities of devolution".

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