People across Ireland have voted in favour of repealing the 8th amendment in a historic referendum on the law governing abortion that has dominated the political conversation over recent months.
The 8th amendment made it impossible for women to have an abortion in almost all cases. This move will allow for Ireland to be in line with the majority of European countries allowing for abortion on request up to the 12th week of pregnancy. The Irish Greens called it a ‘dignified, compassionate revolution’.
The European Greens adopted a resolution on sexual and reproductive rights at our recent Council in Antwerp pledging to continue working with our member parties to guarantee women’s rights everywhere.
Reacting to the result, Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin and member of the Irish parliament said:
“This result is truly historic. Tens of thousands of people around the country campaigned, canvassed, told their stories, had difficult and, at times, fraught conversations with loved ones, and delivered a remarkable Yes vote.
“This is a dignified, compassionate revolution, and a strong message that, no matter the difficulties or the decisions facing our people, we will look after them in our own country.
“We congratulate the Together4Yes campaign, and we thank our own members who campaigned and canvassed in their droves all around Ireland.”
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan and member of the Irish parliament said:
"The tens of thousands of people around the country who campaigned for a Yes vote will greet this result with a great sense of relief.
“The country has listened to them and decided that, in future, we will deal with crisis pregnancies here at home rather than by sending women abroad.
“The Green Party look forward to supporting the progression of the Government’s draft legislation on the regulation of terminations in the Dáil.”