No campaigners ‘disingenuous’ in run-up to abortion referendum

Irish abortion referendum'We made history

An article that ran in The Japan Times today featured the headline, "Some Irish Catholics worries, dismayed after abortion referendum" while closer to the issue, the Irish Independent splashed, "Abortion vote shows Catholic Church is losing influence in Ireland".

A "Yes" vote to repeal Ireland's Eighth Amendment, which states a fetus has an equal right to life as the mother, would leave three places in Europe where abortion is illegal unless a woman's life is at risk: the microstates of Andorra and San Marino and Malta.

One high-profile case in Ireland was an Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar, 31, who died in agony from blood poisoning after doctors refused her repeated requests for an abortion while she was having a miscarriage at a Galway hospital in 2012.

In Ireland, people are especially happy about the victory.

Thousands of people from all over the world are making long and expensive trips home to make their voice heard and vote on the important issue.

Varadkar's government has promised to approve the drafting of abortion legislation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and is aiming to enact the new law before the end of the year.

"We will have a modern constitution for a modern country", said Varadkar, who in 2014 said, "I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights".

"We know the majority of abortions are about their lifestyle", Doherty said. Instead, lawmakers would need to pass new legislation to replace it.

"This is a huge step forward for Ireland", Mr Coveney said.

"We've got justice for Savita", he told the Hindustan Times.

It is not yet clear how hard the soundly defeated "no" forces will fight for restrictive laws in parliament in light of the overwhelming appetite for reform. Many women also have abortion pills sent to them illegally by post. The group said on its website that the referendum's outcome was a "tragedy of historic proportions", but McGuirk said the vote must be respected.

"I think the "yes" vote was an anti-church vote", said Annemarie McCarrick, referring to the "yes" vote in favor of ending the constitutional ban.

In an apparent landslide, Ireland votes to overturn abortion ban.

First it was same-sex marriage, approved here in 2015, and now it will be the consignment to history of the Eighth Amendment, which banned almost all abortions and turned women seeking them into pariahs.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that a "quiet revolution" had taken place, as voters chose to repeal the Eight Amendment.

In practice, it meant Irish women had to travel overseas for terminations.

Islands in south-west Cork will vote on Friday along with the rest of the country.

"Overjoyed, overwhelmed", described one supporter. Cheers erupted every time partial results were shown on two big screens transmitting the latest television news. Seeking or providing an abortion is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Irish citizens announced that they will be travelling from across the globe to exercise their right to vote.

The vote in the Republic of Ireland may increase pressure on Northern Ireland to follow suit. Despite Northern Ireland being part of the United Kingdom, the 1967 Abortion Act legalizing abortions never applied there, and even victims of rape and incest are forced to travel to mainland Britain if they want a termination.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald reacts with a member of the "Yes" campaign.

Even in cases of rape, child sexual abuse and incest, or where fatal foetal abnormalities are present, a woman in Ireland can't access a termination unless her life is at risk. "If a young girl gets pregnant, and if it's a 'crisis pregnancy, ' meaning she does not want it, if she sees an abortion clinic across the road, she's going to go and use it".

The prime minister, a medical doctor who came to power a year ago, spoke to RTE News in advance of the announcement of the referendum's official results, expected later Saturday.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit fills the hearts of the Irish people and leads them to choose life and to protect the most innocent of God's creation.

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