‘Quiet revolution’: Ireland votes to legalize abortion

"The people have spoken and I accept the will of the people" Mr Mc Grath said

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to repeal a restrictive abortion ban from its constitution, the country's prime minister said on Saturday.

All but one of Ireland's 40 constituencies voted "Yes" and contributed to the 66 percent that carried the proposal, nearly an exact reversal of the 1983 referendum result that inserted the ban into the constitution.

Varadkar told people at Dublin Castle that the result showed the Irish public "trust and respect women to make their own decision and choices".

The still-grieving father of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a miscarriage, has welcomed the result of Ireland's landmark referendum to overturn the abortion ban, saying "we have got justice for Savita".

For decades, the law forced more than 3000 women to travel to Britain each year for terminations and "Yes" campaigners argued that with others now ordering pills illegally online, abortion was already a reality in Ireland.

Labour has said it is committed to extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland and that it would be "looking at legislative options" to try to orchestrate a vote in the Commons.

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Ireland's government will be posed to consider legislation that would permit abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister (or Taoiseach as it's called in Ireland) said in a press conference,"Today is a historic day for Ireland".

A spokeswoman for May said on Sunday changing the rules should only be undertaken by a government in Northern Ireland, which has been without a devolved executive since January a year ago after a power-sharing agreement collapsed.

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

Abortions are now only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk.

Her Tory colleague, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, who is also responsible for the women and equalities brief within Government, said the referendum signalled a "historic and great day for Ireland" and a "hopeful one for Northern Ireland".

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He said Ireland would now provide compassion and medical care for women in crisis pregnancies instead of turning a blind eye.

"I think this is only the beginning of a really, really strong grass-roots movement with the pro-life campaign and their supporting groups", she said.

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

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.

On Friday, citizens of the Republic of Ireland voted in favor of reforming the country's strict abortion laws.

Exit polls from the Irish Times and broadcaster RTE had suggested the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Her parents in India were quoted by the Irish Times newspaper as thanking their "brothers and sisters" in Ireland and requesting the new law be called "Savita's law".

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