>> We made history.>> Ireland's decision to overhaul its abortion laws has set Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, on course for a show down with her own conservative party. May refuses to back reform of Northern Ireland's highly restrictive abortion laws despite its neighbor's historic referendum on Friday. Voters in Ireland, once a deeply Catholic nation backed the change by two to one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote is predicted.
The victory means Ireland's government will now start drafting legislation to allow abortions with no restrictions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. A start contrast in Northern Iceland which is some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. With even rape in fatal fit of abnormality, not consider legal grounds for a termination.
May now faces calls from within her cabinet and from opposition parties to scrap the strict rules, and bring the law in the province in line with the rest of the UK. But any moves to do so could antagonize Northern Ireland's socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party which May depends on for her parliamentary majority.
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said, changing the rules should only be undertaken by a government in Northern Ireland which has been without a devolved executive since January last year after a power sharing agreement collapse. British officials have been making major decisions in the region ever since. It creates a fresh headache for May who is already struggling to unite her top ministers over Brexit.