Historic vote in Seanad passes abortion legislation and paves the way for services to commence on 1st January. Well done to everyone involved in bringing about this important change! #Legisl8 pic.twitter.com/QAA9GUM3ua
— Womenscouncilireland (@NWCI) December 13, 2018
Following a vote in the Seanad, The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bil will now go to President Higgins to sign into law having passed all stages of the Oireachtas.
Deirdre Duffy, Campaign Manager for Together for Yes, said:
“This is a truly momentous day for women in Ireland. Today, the final hurdle for Together for Yes has been crossed.
For the first time ever since the establishment of the state, women who become pregnant in Ireland are now safe and protected by compassionate legislation.
The harm and suffering the Eighth has caused for women is now only a memory and as a nation we will ensure that women are never treated this way again in Ireland.
2018 will be recognised as a turning point in how this country respects and treats women.
This year has unleashed a new women’s movement across the generations who are now determined to overcome all remaining challenges to achieve real and lasting gender equality.”