Ireland is all set to liberalise its anti-abortion law, which was considered to be one of the strictest law in Europe.on Friday voters demanded for change in the two decades old law regarding the issue of abortion.
The controversial anti-abortion law was finally subjected to a referendum last week, and 66.4% of respondents voted to repeal the eighth amendment, which makes abortion illegal as it’s a catholic country. Now, a new law will be made, and campaigners are asking that it be called Savita’s Law.
For a country which legalized divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995 and afterwards become the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage three years ago by popular vote, it will become the latest milestone of change if the liberalization gets confirmed.
“I hope that people in Ireland will remember the fate of our daughter Savita on the day of the referendum and vote Yes so that what happened to us won’t happen to other families.”
— Together for Yes (@Together4yes) May 20, 2018
In the year 2012 when Ms Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian-origin dentist died of blood poisoning, days after her miscarriage in October 2012, the campaign started growing in terms. Ms Halappanavar had sought a pregnancy termination, but her request went unheard due to the strict anti-abortion laws in Ireland.
After the miscarriage Dr. Halappanavar was told that her fetus would not survive but that she could not be given an abortion, her husband said. Ireland, she was told, is “a Catholic country,” and it would be illegal to terminate the pregnancy while the fetus still had a heartbeat.
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. A referendum held on Friday resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side.
The Indian origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had tweeted in support, “Thank you to everyone who voted today. Democracy in action. It’s looking like we will make history tomorrow.”
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) May 26, 2018
Heartwarming tributes were paid at a memorial to Halappanavar in Dublin after the referendum resulted in a resounding “Yes” vote, reflecting major changes in the Catholic country that until recently resisted reforms such as same-sex marriage.
People have left flowers and messages at a mural in Dublin of Savita Halapanava who died as a result of Ireland’s strict abortion law pic.twitter.com/WNH3ephcta
— Laura Silver (@laurafleur) May 26, 2018
Eulogies to Savita included messages such as: “Sorry we were too late. But we are here now, we didn’t forget you”, and “I’m so deeply sorry you had to suffer. You have changed our history and our destiny.”