Irish parliament agrees to legalize abortion in & historical history for the women of the country & # 39;
- Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that it was a historical moment for Irish women & # 39;
- Those who voted to withdraw the eighth amendment achieved a 66% majority in May
- Since 1980, 170,000 Irish women have traveled to the UK for abortions
- The Irish Minister of Health praised the end of 'solitary travel & # 39; for women
Ross Ibbetson for Mailonline
The Irish parliament voted Thursday for the legalization of abortions after a referendum earlier this year, a decision that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as an historical moment & # 39; had greeted.
Ireland is a predominantly Catholic country, but the influence of the church has declined in recent years and 66 percent voted for the change at a referendum in May.
In August there were 200,000 for the papal mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, compared with 1.25 million with Pope John Paul II in 1979.
Historical moment for Irish women. Thanks to everyone who has supported and done well to @SimonHarrisTD (the Minister of Health) to send this through both houses, & # 39; Varadkar, who supported the referendum, responded.
The Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives in Brussels on Thursday; he praised the voice of his parliament, wrote on Twitter: "Historical moment for Irish women. Thanks to everyone who has supported & # 39;
The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, was in Brussels to speak at a summit about the Brexit, but tweeted his luck about the decision to legalize abortion
About 170,000 Irish women have been forced to travel to neighboring Britain for abortions since 1980.
The new legislation allows terminations to be carried out up to 12 weeks of pregnancy – or in circumstances where there is a risk to life or serious damage to the health of the pregnant woman.
It would also lead to closures in cases of fetal abnormalities that can lead to the death of the fetus, either before or within 28 days of birth.
The change means that Malta is now the only country in the European Union that completely prohibits abortion.
& # 39; A little over 200 days ago, you, the people of Ireland, decided to retire the 8th so that we could take care of women with compassion, & # 39; said Secretary of Health Simon Harris on Twitter after the law passed the upper house.
& # 39; Today we have passed the law to realize this. A voice to end lonely journeys, to end the stigma and to support the choices of women in our own country. & # 39;
The Irish health service is now being prepared to offer the first abortions to women in January.
The only remaining step in the legislative process is the ceremonial signing of the bill by President Michael D. Higgins.
The vote to withdraw the abortion ban followed a powerfully mobilized pro-choice campaign.
The Irish minister of health Simon Harris tweeted his praise on Thursday for the bill that went through the Irish parliament
Yes, campaigners celebrate when the result of the Irish referendum on abortion law is announced in Dublin in May
Voters and campaigners share their joy after winning 66 per cent of the referendum to withdraw the eighth amendment
I want to thank the campaigners who fought for 35 years to change a nation, to change their minds, & # 39; said Harris in a statement.
I would like to thank the minority who fought in this fight when it was good for the majority to ignore. & # 39;
We welcome the adoption of this bill and fully appreciate the importance of its entry into force at the end of the year so that abortion services can begin in January, said Colm O Gorman, head of Amnesty International Ireland.
& # 39; Women have waited 35 years for this, the daily violations of their human rights must end. & # 39;
However, he said that there were still some reservations about the conditions outlined in the bill – about which there has been a persistent and emotional parliamentary debate in recent weeks.