Referendum vote is major step forward
It was the right thing to do. For too long, the good of the women of Ireland has been low on the agenda, and the result has been tragedies from Ann Lovett to Savita Halappanavar.
From now on, no woman need linger between life and death because a doctor fears prosecution and imprisonment for offering expert help. No more will we have to listen to the claim that women are hurt by abortion without taking into account the fact that they might be less hurt if they didn't have to slink off to the UK or elsewhere, often alone and in secret.
And we won't have to listen to claims that the women of Ireland cannot be trusted not to feign suicidal ideation on finding themselves pregnant.