May refuses to relax Northern Ireland abortion rules

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Halappanavar, who moved to Ireland with her husband Praveen, died of sepsis in Galway in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a protracted miscarriage.

Luke Hussey, 25, who comes from a working-class family, said his family had jumped into the middle class nearly overnight during the boom, buying a vehicle and going on vacations to Spain. "Not an Eighth Amendment issue".

As a result of the almost 70-30 decision, the 8th amendment of Ireland's Constitution will be repealed and replaced with an "enabling provision for the regulation of termination of pregnancy".

"Our campaign does not end with the referendum, but when the government properly supports the mother and child", it said.

Newspapers reflected on the historic vote.

Mr Trudeau urged Mr Varadkar to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws when he visited Dublin a year ago, saying choice was a "fundamental human right". "The power of women", was the headline on The Sunday Independent, while The Sunday Business Post ran with "Generation Yes" saying Ireland had wrestled with its past and voted to redefine its future.

Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws is declared.

Writing in The Sunday Times, columnist Una Mullally said: "The fiction of Ireland as a conservative, dogmatically Catholic country has been shattered".

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Varadkar told people at Dublin Castle that the result showed the Irish public "trust and respect women to make their own decision and choices".

"What happened in the referendum vote was seismic, but more seismic still was the realisation that this vote was reflecting change, not just instigating it".

The nationwide rejection of the amendment represented a growing tolerance on social issues in the traditionally Roman Catholic country. "The day we came of age as a country".

"I think to a world that over the last number of years in terms of Trump and of Brexit where people have sometimes, where we have sometimes lost hope and where it seemed that positive change may not happen, I think yesterday what the women of Ireland and what the people of Ireland did - we defied expectations and I think we lit that beacon of hope and I hope that it extends far and wide and we will see change from it". On Saturday, Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, welcomed the outcome of the Irish vote and called for changes in the north: "A historic and great day for Ireland and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland".

His government proposes allowing abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.

Anne Milton, an education minister, on Sunday urged the prime minister to allow a free vote in Britain's parliament and said she thought there would be "a significant majority" in favour of liberalising the abortion laws. Amnesty International calls the victory a "momentous win for women's rights" that "marks the beginning of a new Ireland".

Backing for repeal was highest among young voters, including many who returned from jobs or universities in continental Europe to vote, but was also high among every age group except those 65 or older.

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