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Behind the Push to Name Ireland’s Abortion Legislation ‘Savita’s Law’

Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum Abortion referendum in Ireland: prime minister hails 'quiet revolution'
Andrew Cummings | 28 May, 2018, 09:50

The Irish people voted Friday to repeal a 1983 constitutional amendment banning abortion rights for women with 66.4% in favor, a almost 2-1 victory for the nation's "yes" campaign, BBC reports.

Ireland overwhelmingly voted to liberalize some of Western Europe's most restrictive abortion laws in the nation's most decisive break yet with its Roman Catholic roots.

Both Lives Matter, an anti-abortion organisation in Northern Ireland, has called on the police to arrest pro-choice activists and seize abortion pills when the bus arrives. "I have no words to express my gratitude to the people of Ireland at this historic moment".

"Wonderful, wonderful, today is wonderful!" said 65-year-old Eileen Shields, who had been ostracised for falling pregnant outside of marriage when she was 18.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said he would back reform of Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws in a free vote, but did not promise Labour would bring a bill before the Commons if the party was in charge. The DUP is the largest Protestant-backed party in Northern Ireland and it is firmly against any liberalization of abortion laws.

Since Amy had her crisis pregnancy, measures have been implemented to help fund women travelling to Britain for NHS abortions.

But most of all, perhaps, will the British government really risk being scorched by the fire of outrage lit by Irish women? And in light of the result in the Republic, it's not going to wane.

People celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalising abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2018.

However, the Northern Ireland government fell apart a year ago after months of political intrigue and the assembly hasn't met since January 2017.

He felt alienated by the campaign: "It's extraordinary the way the campaign focused so much on 'me, me, me, ' the rights of the mother, and very little mention of the unborn child".

Mr Wells called on Northern Ireland's anti-abortion movement to "redouble its efforts" to prevent any change of the law there.

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Northern Ireland only allows terminations if a woman's life is at risk.

"We are being denied our human rights, and especially in the realm of healthcare".

Fatal foetal abnormalities and conceptions by rape or incest are not lawful grounds for a termination.

Anna, who lives in Londonderry, found out when she was 20 weeks pregnant in 2010 that her unborn son would die nearly immediately after birth.

"As this is a devolved issue, if an amendment is not accepted by the Speaker, then there should at very least be a referendum in Northern Ireland on this issue".

"Obviously immediate friends, family and colleagues knew". The court was told she had been arrested after her flatmates in Belfast reported her.

"The hardest thing was knowing your baby was there but you wouldn't get the happy times at the end".

"I want to see the Northern Ireland Assembly restored and put no preconditions on the immediate establishment of an Executive. It's really not humane".

The government did not immediately comment on this demand.

Now, the British government has its own choice to make.

On Saturday, the global development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said Ireland's vote was a "hopeful" day for the north.

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