NORTHERN IRELAND LEGALISES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE & ABORTION
At midnight on Monday, campaigners for the region's assembly saw the laws of marriage rights and abortion come into play, which will now put Northern Ireland equal with the rest of the UK on these laws.
Amnesty International's Northern Ireland campaign manager Grainne Teggart said:
"The beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland. - One in which we are free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare.
It marks the end of inequality both for same-sex couples who have long wanted to marry the person they love and also for women who have been suffering at the hands of our abortion ban."
The House of Commons is now on track for marriage equality by January 2020, making marriage an available option for same-sex couples from the 14th February, Valentine's Day.
Although the legislation is now coming into play very soon, there are still loads of opposition still attempting to repeal the law. - Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland named the day a "shameful day". She has stated that she, along with the rest of her party will be trying to repeal the legislation. "We will do everything in our conscience to protect the lives of the unborn."
If the legislation was to not come into affect, Northern Ireland's defunct and devolved government would have had to start operating.
Previously before the legislation, pregnant women who were at risk by their pregnancy, or had become pregnant through rape, or incest would have had to continue, with prosecution as a result of their actions against the bill. They would travel overseas to get an abortion, buy abortion pills online, or going to an unsafe and illegal abortion clinic at home.