Ireland ends abortion ban as ‘quiet revolution’ transforms country

The final tally showed that just over 66 percent of voters who cast valid ballots wanted the Eighth Amendment abolished.

The eighth amendment of the Irish constitution imposed one of the world's most restrictive bans on the procedure.

"Today I believe we have voted for the next generation", he continued. I'd be surprised if we haven't undergone the same sort of change there.

While Bellamak says that's good news, the difference between Ireland and New Zealand is that Ireland went "straight to the people" while here it would be a conscience vote in Parliament.

Echoing an often violent and militant sentiment espoused by many in the U.S., abortion-foe spokesman John McGuirk vowed that No campaigners would continue to protest, "if and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland".

Researchers estimate that approximately 3,500 Irish citizens travel to England every year to have abortions, while another 2,000 order abortion pills from the internet.

Mr Varadkar said the campaign had been largely respectful and the Government now had a mandate to bring forward legislation and secure its passage by the end of the year.

Lawmakers will now move to allow women to get abortions in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. "The result appears to be favor of repealing the 8th Amendment" constitutional ban on abortion, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaigned for repeal, told journalists in Dublin.

Ireland voted to repeal the eighth amendment to their constitution by a landslide Friday opening the path to legalizing abortion.

On Friday, Irish voters overturned the 8th Amendment to Ireland's Constitution, which made it illegal for women to have abortions in the country barring extremely extenuating circumstances. "I don't think you'll find many people on our side of the referendum who don't accept the result".

Ailbhe Smyth, co-director of the pro-repeal umbrella group Together for yes, greets supporters at the count in Dublin on Saturday. And it has finally shown compassion and granted the right to self-determination to Irish women. The group said on its website that Irish voters have created a "tragedy of historic proportions," but McGuirk said the vote must be respected.

Between 12 and 24 weeks, abortion will be available only in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, a risk to a woman's life or a risk of serious harm to the health of the mother.

"To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right", they said.

Comedian and television sion presenter Dara O Briain tweeted: "Special con-congratulations to those in Ireland who stood up and told their stories, and pushed back shame and silence, and banished it from this debate".

At Dublin Castle, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill held up a banner with the words: "The North is next".

She chose the latter, and in June 2016, the UN's Human Rights Council ruled that the country's abortion regime subjected her to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment", and called on the Irish government to reform its laws.

  • Jon Douglas