Ireland : The Irish Parliament has passed an important legislation legalizing abortion after the incident in which an Indian woman passed away after undergoing a life threatening abortion.
The Irish parliament on Thursday passed legislation allowing abortions for the first time, following a landmark referendum earlier this year, a move hailed by Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as a “historic moment”.
The new legislation permits terminations to be carried out up to 12 weeks of pregnancy – or in conditions where there is a risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, or the pregnant woman.
Irish Parliament passes legislation of legalizing abortion
It would also allow terminations in cases of fetal abnormality which could lead to the death of the fetus either before or within 28 days of birth.
“Historic moment for Irish women. Thanks to all who supported,” said Varadkar, who supported the referendum in May in which 66 per cent voted to overturn a constitutional ban on abortions.
Ground breaking decision : Legalizing abortion
Some 170,000 Irish women have been forced to travel to neighbouring Britain for abortions since 1980.
Ireland is a predominantly Catholic country but the influence of the Church has wanted in recent years.
The chance means Malta is now the only European Union country to totally ban abortion.