Percent Of Irish Voters Legalized Abortion. Here's What's Next

Percent Of Irish Voters Legalized Abortion. Here's What's Next

Percent Of Irish Voters Legalized Abortion. Here's What's Next

This morning, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told massgoers that many observers will see the results of the referendum as an indication that the Irish Church is widely regarded with indifference and as having a marginal role in the formation of culture here.

Ireland, once seen as one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, is poised to end its highly restrictive abortion ban. Under the law, fetuses in early pregnancy are guaranteed citizenship status and women who have an illegal abortion could face up to 14 years in prison.

The Eighth Amendment, which states that an unborn child has the same right to life as a pregnant woman, now does not allow abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who has ushered in an era of social liberalism in the Catholic majority country, had campaigned heavily for the "yes" side.

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill said she would like the decision to be taken in Northern Ireland but noted that in the absence of a Stormont executive "we have to find a way to deliver rights".

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. And unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, abortions are banned apart from when the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.

Attention is turning to Ireland's parliament now that the country's citizens have voted in landslide numbers to remove the abortion ban from its constitution. Many traveled overseas to undergo the procedure, and others bought pills online.

The landmark vote saw thousands of Irish citizens working overseas fly home to cast their vote, as well as a massive social media campaign and support from Irish celebrities like Saoirse Ronan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Liam Neeson speaking out to repeal the amendment. "It's more of a relief", said Lynda Cosgrave, a 35-year-old legal associate, wearing the black sweatshirt with "Repeal" in white that become the symbol of the youthful "Yes" campaign.

Luke Hussey, 25, who comes from a working-class family, said his family had jumped into the middle class nearly overnight during the boom, buying a vehicle and going on vacations to Spain.

Exit polls from the Irish Times and broadcaster RTE had suggested the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

He said Saturday would be remembered as the day Ireland "stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light". We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called "Savita's law".

Calling on colleagues to move quickly on legislation, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone reminded lawmakers that Irish women would still have to travel across the water to Britain for terminations until they acted.

But Cannon also said he respected the results of the referendum and would "vote to implement the will of our people, as expressed today".

She said the results end a dark period in Irish history, when pregnant women had to risk jail time or travel overseas to terminate their pregnancies.

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