Irish PM plans to move quickly on legal abortion

DUBLIN (AP) — The prime minister of Ireland says the passage of a referendum paving the way for legalized abortions is a historic day for his country and a great act of democracy.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said after official results showed more than two-thirds of voters backed repealing Ireland’s constitutional abortion ban that he wants to make sure there are fewer crisis pregnancies and better sex education in schools going forward.

Varadkar had supported repeal and said his government will move quickly to establish new legislation to govern legal abortions.

He said: “I said in recent days that this was a once in a generation vote. Today I believe we have voted for the next generation.”

Varadkar added: “The wrenching pain of decades of mistreatment of Irish women cannot be unlived. However, today we have ensured that it does not have to be lived again.”

Elections officials said Saturday more than 1.4 million voters favored repealing the ban while roughly 724,000 wanted to keep it in place. More than 66 percent of voters wanted an end to the ban.

The outcome was a historic victory for women’s’ rights in a traditionally Catholic country. The size of the win exceeded expectations and will make it much easier for Irish women to obtain abortions legally for the first time.

The vote removes a 1983 amendment that required Irish authorities to defend the lives of a woman and a fetus equally on almost all abortions.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    “The wrenching pain of decades of mistreatment of Irish women cannot be unlived. However, today we have ensured that it does not have to be lived again.”
    Empty promises. Legalized abortion was supposed to reduce the number of women living in poverty in the U.S. Today women comprise a higher percentage of the poor than ever.
    “…he wants to make sure there are fewer crisis pregnancies and better sex education in schools going forward.”
    Women have a natural power to shape the world and even control men. By availing themselves of contraceptives and abortion, women willingly trade that power for contrived powers that are less effective and require more effort to maintain.
    “Today I believe we have voted for the next generation.”
    Only a sick mind could make such a statement. You’ve voted to EXTERMINATE the next generation, PM Varadkar. How can that be “for” them? Perhaps you think this world is really not worth living in.

    • Augster

      I agree with you, Kevin, wholeheartedly. This is a sick industry and its proponents are sick as well. But I’ve come to realize that we “conservatives” don’t have abortions. The Democrat Party is aborting its future voters. I can only imagine how the American demographic would look if we could take back every abortion since 1973. Wall Street occupiers and inner-city filth would have given Hillary and her ilk electoral landslides in every election. Thus, the need to flood the country with foreigners to take their place. I am pro-choice for idiots. I wish they’d weed themselves out.