More than 66 percent of voters who took part in an historic May referendum on one of Ireland’s most divisive issues backed the repeal of a constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies.
That result was unsuccessfully challenged in the courts and it took another five months for President Michael Higgins to sign the repeal into law.
The signing was largely a formality after the legal challenges failed however. It was formally announced by the president’s office on Twitter.
Ireland’s health minister tweeted moments later that he would introduce draft legislation defining the legal terms of abortion to the cabinet next week.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he expected parliament to debate the new bills next month.
The ban’s repeal, and legalisation of same-sex marriages via a May 2015 referendum, has shaken the Roman Catholic Church’s authority in Ireland. DM
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South Africa is in a very real battle. A political fight where terms such as truth and democracy can seem more of a suggestion as opposed to a necessity.
On one side of the battle are those openly willing to undermine the sovereignty of a democratic society, completely disregarding the weight and power of the oaths declared when they took office. If their mission was to decrease society’s trust in government - mission accomplished.
And on the other side are those who believe in the ethos of a country whose constitution was once declared the most progressive in the world. The hope that truth, justice and accountability in politics, business and society is not simply fairy tale dust sprinkled in great electoral speeches; but rather a cause that needs to be intentionally acted upon every day.
However, it would be an offensive oversight not to acknowledge that right there on the front lines, alongside whistleblowers and civil society, stand the journalists. Armed with only their determination to inform society and defend the truth, caught in the crossfire of shots fired from both sides.
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