People are calling for permanent Savita Halappanavar memorial following referendum result

People are calling for permanent Savita Halappanavar memorial following referendum result

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.

I was too young in 1983 to vote in the first referendum that led Ireland to change its Constitution, adding what is known as the eighth amendment, banning abortion in nearly all circumstances, even though it had already been criminalized in the country for over a century.

Voters were asked whether to repeal an amendment that gives mother and the unborn an equal right to life.

The vote pitted conservative backers of strict abortion laws against those supporting a woman's right to choose. Many Irish voters returned home to cast their votes, captured in the hashtag #HomeToVote.

Mary Lou McDonald, president of the Sinn Fein party, which campaigned on the yes side, said Ireland has "without doubt done right by Irish women for this generation and many to come". She died on October 28 and her dead resulted in a massive uproar - nationally as well as internationally and it led to a movement to repeal the eighth amendment which prohibited abortion.

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Yesterday, Ireland officially voted to repeal the eighth amendment of the constitution.

The result is another hammer blow to the Roman Catholic Church's authority in Ireland, coming three years after referendum voters backed legalising same-sex marriage by 62 percent.

In one case in 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee said that Ireland's abortion ban had subjected a woman to "suffering and discrimination" after she was forced to choose between continuing a non-viable pregnancy or travelling overseas for an abortion. 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.

Since the collapse of a power sharing administration in Northern Ireland, British officials have been taking major decisions in the region and this means the government could legislate directly despite health being a devolved issue.

Halappanavar, who moved to Ireland with her husband Praveen, died of sepsis in Galway in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a protracted miscarriage.

She said the church had in recent weeks taken a "quiet" stand against repeal, but hadn't been able to sway people.

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Anne Milton, an education minister, on Sunday urged the prime minister to allow a free vote in Britain's parliament and said she thought there would be "a significant majority" in favor of liberalizing the abortion laws.

He said Saturday would be remembered as the day that historically deeply socially conservative Ireland "stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light".

She said it had been a quiet revolution in social attitudes within Ireland.

Yalagi said: "We've got justice for Savita, and what happened to her will not happen to any other family now". The Irish government reportedly plans to introduce a new law that would permit abortion without restriction up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy.

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

Moderator Dr Noble McNeely, former Moderator Dr Trevor Morrow, and Clerk of the General Assembly Rev Trevor Gribben called on the Irish government and politicians in the Republic to keep their promise to make abortion "rare", and to ensure that the unborn with disabilities like Down's Syndrome will not have their lives terminated.

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