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Irish abortion referendum: New laws by end of the year - Irish PM

Irish abortion referendum: New laws by end of the year - Irish PM

It was a highly-emotive campaign and the result was overwhelming
A new abortion law will be in place by the end of year, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said.It follows a landslide vote in favour of repealing the Republic of Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion.The proposed legislation will allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to the 24th week in exceptional circumstances.Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris will seek the cabinet's backing on Tuesday to draft the new legislation.
Seismic shift for Ireland
Timeline: Ireland and abortion
Mr Varadkar said Saturday would be remembered as the day Ireland "embraced our responsibilities as citizens and as a country".
"The day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light," he added."The day we came of age as a country. The day we took our place among the nations of the world."
More than two thirds of voters backed the decision to change the law with every constituency in the Republic of Ireland, with the exception of Donegal.The referendum delivered a conclusive consensus for reform among men and women, nearly all age groups and across most counties.The final figures were 66.4% in favour of the change and 33.6% voting no.
The Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Irish constitution in 1983 and it gave an equal right to life to the unborn and the mother.Thousands of Irish women travelled to the UK every year for abortions, or sourced abortion pills.
Irish abortion referendum: New laws by end of the year - Irish PM

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Yes campaign supporters: "We made history"
Anti-abortion groups called the referendum result a ''tragedy of historic proportions'' with one saying it was already making plans to protest outside abortion clinics when they eventually open in Ireland.The result south of the border has shifted focus to Northern Ireland's similarly strict abortion regime, with Prime Minister Theresa May facing calls to act.Northern Ireland will soon become the only part of Britain and Ireland with an almost blanket ban on terminations.
Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill and Mary Lou McDonald make their opinions known
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said Mrs May should take advantage of the current lack of a devolved administration and push for reform from Westminster."I believe in the principle of the right to choose - I think in the rest of the UK we have a sensible balance," said Sir Vince."The position in Northern Ireland is now highly anomalous and I think, probably, action will now have to be taken."At Dublin Castle on Saturday, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and her deputy Michelle O'Neill held up a sign saying "The north is next".Ms O'Neill described the result as "a momentous day for the women of Ireland".
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