Irish President Michael D. Higgins made history on Tuesday when he signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Act 2018 and repealed Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion.
Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, the Eighth Amendment, was on Tuesday officially repealed as the Irish President Michael D. Higgins signed the legislation formally marking its removal from the Irish constitution.
In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) September 18, 2018
In May, the Irish public voted by 67 percent to repeal the ban but the formal enactment of the referendum was postponed as individual’s mounted appeals against the results.
History made. The President has this evening signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Act 2018, which takes immediate effect.
The 8th Amendment is thus repealed, and Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion is officially lifted. #8thRef— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) September 18, 2018
The last of these appeals were dismissed by the Supreme Court last month, paving the way for President Higgins to sign the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Act 2018. This act allows for the article in the constitution containing the ban on abortion to be replaced with: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”
The 8th amendment is now officially gone from our constitution. So many of you worked so hard to make this a reality. Legislation to Cabinet next week and into Dáil in October pic.twitter.com/PVO1Lw536w— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) September 18, 2018
The Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris has already announced that legislation providing for abortion will be brought before the Dáil (Irish parliament) next month with the aim to have the legislation enacted by early 2019 at the latest.
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