The Republic of Ireland, a majority Catholic country has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Introduced in 1983, the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution gives equal rights to the life of the unborn child and mother. Terminations of the jurisdiction can be permitted only if there is a threat to the life of the mother. But it seems like the social climate has changed in Ireland with the power of a large secular population that has made Ireland ready for a much-needed change that was definitely not possible in the 1980s.
Recently, the younger generation mobilized a mass demonstration in the Republic to demand an abortion referendum. A massive pro-abortion campaign has its shadow over the Irish Republic working extensively to bring people together to vote in support of repealing the ban on abortions in the country.
In a historic referendum for Ireland, the country voted to revoke the ban on abortions in the country with the immense success of the ‘Yes’ campaign.
What is more relevant to note here is the Indian-origin girl due to whom this referendum became possible. We are talking about Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who lost her life because of the complications she faced during her pregnancy and delivery after the hospital denied her an abortion.
Her death galvanized the ‘Yes’ campaign making her the face of the revolution ahead of the significant referendum on May 25.
Her husband Praveen Halappanavar told the press that even after repeatedly asking for abortion to save Savita’s life, the doctors turned them away saying that “this is a Catholic country”.
Savitri became the symbol for ‘Yes’ campaign that was launched by the activists to end the abortion ban in the Irish country.
“It is a landslide opinion in favor of the repeal of the abortion laws that have supported our cause”, said Savita’ father Andanappa Yalagi. Karnataka-based Savita’s parents requested to name the new law, “Savita’s Law”, after her.
Ireland’s Indian-origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the new abortion law will be in action by the end of this year. The 8th amendment of Irish Constitution has been repealed and replaced with a ‘provision enabling the regulation of termination of pregnancy’.
Twitter is rejoicing to the amendment in the abortion laws. Check out some of the significant reactions by the Twitterati:
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) May 26, 2018
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his happiness on Twitter:
What a moment for democracy and women’s rights. Tonight, I spoke with Taoiseach @campaignforLeo and his team and congratulated them on the Yes side’s referendum victory legalizing abortion in Ireland. #repealedthe8th
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 27, 2018
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) May 27, 2018
Crying in my garden. My son looks over, “Is it the Irish again mom?” Yes it is bab #repealedThe8th
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) May 26, 2018
We won. We’ve repealed the 8th. All of our marches. Al of our stories. All of our experiences. All of our tears. All of our knocks on doors. We did it, Ireland. History has been made. YES! ❤ #repealedthe8th #together4yes #8thref
— Leanne Woodfull (@LeanneWoodfull) May 26, 2018
— Konbini news (@konbininews) May 26, 2018