This is an immensely important moment for Ireland. We are ecstatic – and relieved – that Ireland has chosen to vote for safer and more compassionate healthcare for its citizens.
It has taken 35 years, seven governments, a European Court of Human Rights ruling, the death of Savita Halappanavar, grave harm to countless women, Ireland repeatedly hauled before the UN, a massive public campaign, a Citizens’ Assembly, and a special Joint Oireachtas Committee to get us to this referendum.
We are very grateful to the solidarity that Scotland and our global allies have shown throughout and we are in awe of the many voices and grassroots campaigns that came together to produce such a definitive result.
The road to today has been long and hard, but we know in our hearts that it has been worth it – for every person who finds themselves lost and scared when faced with an unwanted or unsafe pregnancy, the first hurdle has now been jumped to ensure they can access free, safe and legal abortion care at home.
Our attention and focus must now support all those in Northern Ireland who stand alone among their neighbours with fewer rights and freedoms to their own bodies.
Thank you everyone for all the support you have given us – you have hosted events, cheered at rallies, danced at fundraisers, liked photos, spoken at Parliament, painted signs… we couldn’t have done it without you.