Ireland’s fresh abortion law could be named after Savita Halappanavar

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Mr Little said while Ireland's circumstances were quite different - the result of its referendum did indicate attitudes and values towards abortion were changing.

"It's incredible. For all the years and years and years we've been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything", said Mary Higgins, obstetrician and Together For Yes campaigner.

"Yes" campaigners had argued that with over 3,000 women travelling to Britain each year for terminations - a right enshrined in a 1992 referendum - and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion was already a reality in Ireland.

Many lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not try to block the bill.

In a message to the DUP, she said the people of Northern Ireland "consistently support change" in the abortion law and it was "time to put them, not power in Westminster, first".

"I am relieved but devastated that it had to come to this", she said. If I had know then Ireland was behind me it would have made it all easier.

That would include helping women struggling with hard decisions over pregnancies.

The referendum result in the Republic of Ireland may increase pressure on Northern Ireland to follow suit.

It has also said that doctors will not be forced to perform abortions under the new laws, and will be allowed to conscientiously object to offering the procedure at their clinics.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP, the two major parties representing Northern Ireland's Irish Catholics, and the cross-community Alliance Party, back overturning the ban.

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Politicians from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the largest party in Northern Ireland, have spoken out angrily in response.

He felt alienated by the campaign: "It's extraordinary the way the campaign focused so much on 'me, me, me, ' the rights of the mother, and very little mention of the unborn child".

Surprisingly, the poll also suggests that supporters of more liberal abortion laws may have triumphed throughout the country, not just in the cosmopolitan capital, Dublin, where a strong youth vote had been anticipated.

Murals of Savita began to appear around Dublin as Friday's referendum approached, and activists carried placards with her face and name as they urged people to vote in favour of repealing the 8th amendment.

"We are being denied our human rights, and especially in the realm of healthcare". Current law prohibits all abortions in Ireland, except when the life of the mother is at risk.

Anna, who lives in Londonderry, found out when she was 20 weeks pregnant in 2010 that her unborn son would die nearly immediately after birth.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, died from a septic miscarriage after medical staff refused to terminate her pregnancy because her unborn baby still had a foetal heartbeat.

"I think about her every day", he said. But we are here now, we didn't forget you", and "I'm so deeply sorry you had to suffer. "It's really not humane".

The government did not immediately comment on this demand.

"The UK government needs to ensure that no woman on the island of Ireland is left behind, and that women In Northern Ireland can access free, safe and legal abortion at home", she told the BBC.

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