Ireland’s new abortion law may be named after Savita Halappanavar

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban after historic referendum

Modal Trigger Supporters of the Yes side celebrate after a referendum on abortion in Ireland. EPA

Sources said there would not be a free vote or referendum.

Mrs O'Neill said the test had been met for a unity poll.

Since the collapse of a power sharing administration in Northern Ireland, British officials have been taking major decisions in the region and this means the government could legislate directly despite health being a devolved issue. It has the toughest anti-abortion laws in the United Kingdom and only Malta has a stricter ban in Western Europe.

"These pills are illegal so it is clearly up to the [police] to do something about it".

Varadkar's government has promised to approve the drafting of abortion legislation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and is aiming to enact the new law before the end of the year.

Courtney Robinson, one of the Rosa activists, said the group would defy any attempt for pills to be taken off them.

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"Friday's referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland, but we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour", DUP leader Arlene Foster said in a statement.

This morning, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told massgoers that many observers will see the results of the referendum as an indication that the Irish Church is widely regarded with indifference and as having a marginal role in the formation of culture here.

"We believe this is going to be a springboard for the movement in Northern Ireland", said Claire, 27, withholding her last name owing to the sensitivity of the issue.

"Ireland had a culture of silence and that's broken now", Mr. Tyrrell said.

Orla Halpenny, a spokesperson for the pro-life group Doctors for Life, said the vote was "disappointing" and explained that she's now focused on ensuring doctors are given the right to conscientious objection, granting them permission to refuse to refer patients to abortion providers on moral grounds.

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Two years ago Robinson and other pro-choice campaigners flew abortion pills from the Irish republic into Northern Ireland via a drone.

The forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill promised by ministers could be used as a vehicle for MPs hoping to change the law in Northern Ireland.

But most of all, perhaps, will the British government really risk being scorched by the fire of outrage lit by Irish women?

The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues.

Since 1983, the Eighth Amendment had forced women seeking to terminate pregnancies to go overseas for abortions, bear children conceived through rape or incest, or take risky illegal measures at home.

Penny Mordaunt, Britain's women and equalities minister, said that the victory to legalize abortion should now bring change north of the Irish border.

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