Ireland’s parliament voted to legalise abortion under certain conditions for the first time, following a debate.
In a 127-31 vote in the Dail in favour of the proposal, they will be allowing an abortion when doctors deem that a pregnant woman is at risk of taking her own life.
The debate released deep splits in the predominantly Catholic country.
Opponents say the bill could lead to more prevalent abortion cases.
Others argue the bill is too limited, because it doesn’t allow for terminations in reported cases of rape or incest, or when there’s a foetal abnormality.
The proposed bill also allows abortion when the foetus cannot survive outside the womb.
Anti-abortion protesters say the bill will allow the intentional killing of the unborn for the first time in the Republic of Ireland.
For them, it’s not only a religious view, but a human rights issue because they believe that in any pregnancy the mother and foetus have equal rights to life.
To protect women’s life
Members of the parliament approved the proposed bill after two-hour session.
The proposed law describes the condition under which doctors would be allowed to end a woman’s pregnancy to save her life. In theory, such procedure was already permissible, but many doctors in Ireland have avoided conducting abortions for fear of prosecution because the legislation were unclear.