Saoirse Ronan Says Marriage Referendum Yes Vote Was ‘like We Just Woke Up’ As She Reveals Why She Backed Repealing Eighth Amendment

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Saoirse Ronan has admitted that she believes the fight for ‘a modern Ireland is unstoppable’, days after she backed an open letter asking the Irish people to vote yes to repealing the Eighth Amendment.

The Eighth Amendment of Ireland’s constitution effectively bans abortion for women except in very special circumstances, but if the electorate repeals the amendment it would allow for the government to legislate on terminations.

Now Saoirse, who was born in America to Irish parents but grew up in the country, has revealed why she spoke out regarding the 25 May referendum.

‘I think it’s important to stand with the women of Ireland,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘It’s important for men and women at home and abroad to support women and their bodies, and to let us all know – including myself – that when we go home our bodies are fully respected and that you have absolute rights over it.’

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‘It seems like a step that should have been taken a long time ago,’ she adds.

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Various cases in the past few years have highlighted the restrictive laws including the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar who died due to complications from a septic miscarriage which took days to unfold; doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy for her.

In response the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was passed into law in 2013.

That act defined the three scenarios in which abortion could be carried out; risk of loss of life from physical illness, risk of loss of life from physical illness in emergency, or risk of loss of life from suicide.

But Saoirse, who stars in the upcoming On Chesil Beach, adds that since the 2015 gay marriage referendum, which saw the public vote to make gay marriage legal ‘there has been a massive momentum towards the future and a modern Ireland’.

‘It seems quite unstoppable, and I think that gave us a belief that we that could keep moving forward so this was naturally the right next step,’ she says.

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Source : https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/08/saoirse-ronan-says-fight-modern-ireland-unstoppable-backs-eighth-amendment-repeal-7531179/amp/

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Saoirse Ronan Says Marriage Referendum Yes Vote Was ‘like We Just Woke Up’ As She Reveals Why She Backed Repealing Eighth Amendment

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Saoirse Ronan Says Marriage Referendum Yes Vote Was ‘like We Just Woke Up’ As She Reveals Why She Backed Repealing Eighth Amendment