Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, has officially repealed a constitutional amendment that ban the act of abortion within the country. The president’s decision comes mere months after the public had voted overwhelmingly to get rid of the amendment in the first place. Officially the law had been signed on Tuesday by the president with the public of Ireland very happy with their President’s decision.
Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, tweered that the constitution had been officially changed and that the 8th had been repealed. He also mentioned that they are ready to pilot through Seanad and Dail next.
Irish citizens voted in favour of repealing the amendment in May this year with the bans on abortion being one of the most restrictive and oppressive within the entire world. Approximately two thirds of the population voted to repeal the decision with one third against the change.
Unfortunately, the laws that were previously in place will continue to act unless the government passes a new legislation to allow women to have an abortion within the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. While there are still some grey areas with what women do with their bodies in Ireland, progress is progress none the less.
Health Minister Simon Harris stated that the repealing of the amendment is a very important day and he knows that so many people worked so hard for this decision to be reached. In his video speech on twitter he also mentioned that now is the time to add the legislation so that Ireland can look after their female population with compassion and care.
The decision to ease the abortion ban in Ireland comes 3 years after the nation had also voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The country’s continuous strive for equality is something that other countries should aspire to achieve.