On May 25, Ireland eliminated its near-total ban on abortion, just days before women’s right advocates around the world celebrated the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on May 28. With 64% voter turnout, 66% percent voted in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution — a 1983 measure that conferred equal rights on the fetus and the mother and banned abortion under almost all circumstances.
Why now? What comes next in Ireland? And what could this mean for the rest of the world? You can find a list of resources that seek to answer these questions included below:
- “Irish Pay Tribute To Indian Immigrant Whose Death Sparked Abortion Rights Movement“, by Carol Kuruvilla (Huffington Post)
- “Rite&Reason: Why Irish Catholics voted to remove Eighth“, by Dr. Kevin Williams (Irish Times)
- “Analysis: Six reasons why Ireland was a landslide Yes for repeal“, by Rónán Duffy (TheJournal.ie)
- “Why Ireland Is More Likely than Ever Before to Vote to Change Abortion Laws“, by Siobhan Morrin (TIME)
What comes next in Ireland?
- “Irish abortion referendum: New laws by end of the year – Irish PM” (BBC News)
- “It’s Not Over Yet: What Needs To Happen Next To Legalise Abortion In Ireland“, by
- “Understanding Ireland’s Vote on Whether to Keep Its Abortion Ban“, by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura and Megan Specia (New York Times)
What could this mean for the rest of the world?
- Global: “The Guardian view on the abortion referendum: Ireland’s choice will have a global impact” (The Guardian)
- Northern Ireland: “Ireland Repealed Its Abortion Ban. Is Northern Ireland Next?“, by Yasmeen Serhan (The Atlantic)
- Poland:”On Abortion Rights, Ireland Has Mirror Image in Conservative Poland“, by Drew Hinshaw and Francis X. Rocca (Wall Street Journal)
- U.S.: “Ireland’s Abortion Vote Is a Historic Victory. But It’s Not a Model for the U.S.“, by Christina Cauterucci (Slate)
- Latin America: “What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America“, by José Miguel Vivanco (Human Rights Watch)