Prime minister, abortion rights groups claim win in Ireland

Demonstrators take part in a protest to urge the Irish to repeal the 8th amendment to the constitution relating to woman

How Tragic Death Of An Indian Woman Sparked History-Making Vote In Ireland

One of dozens of messages left at a memorial to Savita Halappanava in Dublin after Ireland voted to liberalise abortion laws in a referendum on May 25, 2018. 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.

Breaking News Ireland says "Simon Harris (Ireland's Health Minister) has said the requirement to certify that the foetus has not reached viability is an effective ban on later term abortions".

"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".

"A quiet revolution has taken place, a great act of democracy", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, hailing a "remarkable" day. "A quiet revolution has taken place", Varadkar, who became Ireland's first openly gay prime minister a year ago, said in a speech after the vote.

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. Perhaps as a result of the stress and anticipation of the huge, important vote, people went absolutely mad when a gorgeous hound was hoisted into the air, like Simba from The Lion King.

The outcome was a historic victory for women's rights in a traditionally Catholic country.

"It's an Ireland that is more tolerant, more inclusive and where he can be whatever he wants without fear of recrimination", said Colm O'Riain, a 44-year-old teacher with his son Ruarai, who was born 14 weeks premature in November.

But ultimately this was a uniquely Irish vote fueled by reform. Next step, Northern Ireland.

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.

Murals of Savita began to appear around Dublin as Friday's referendum approached, and activists carried placards with her face and name as they urged people to vote in favour of repealing the 8th amendment.

Dr Martin said that following Friday's referendum the Irish Church must renew its commitment to support life but that it is called to be pro-life not just in words, statements and manifestoes but in deeds that reflect Jesus' loving care for human life at any stage. Terminations had previously only been allowed if the mother's life was in danger, including as a result of suicide.

Mrs Yelagi also told the BBC's Swati Patil: "We are thankful to those who fought the battle for my daughter".

Ireland voted "Yes" on Saturday to amend its constitution and enable legislation allowing women to have an abortion.

"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.

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