Now, the parents of 31-year-old Indian dentist Savita Praveen Halappanavar, who died of sepsis in Ireland after being denied an abortion during a miscarriage in 2012, have spoken, a day after the country voted by a landslide to repeal its abortion laws.
Elections officials said on Saturday more than 1.4 million voters favoured repealing the ban while roughly 724,000 wanted to keep it in place.
Anti-abortion groups in Ireland vowed to continue their fight to protect existing abortion laws and the rights of the unborn child despite an apparent referendum setback.
Downing Street's initial reaction was to reject the idea of giving MPs a vote citing that abortion is a devolved matter and should only be decided by the assembly in Northern Ireland and the power-sharing executive.
And in the wake of their successful campaign, the Together for Yes coalition said naming the law after her would recognise the "great debt" the people of Ireland owe Mrs Halappanvar.
"I hope they name it after Savita", Mr Yalagi said.
Although not on the ballot paper, the "No" camp sought to seize on government plans to allow abortions with no restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy if the referendum is carried, calling it a step too far for most voters. "I'm especially grateful to the women of Ireland who came forward to provide their personal testimony about the hard times that they endured, the stress and the trauma that they experienced because of the eighth amendment". "Yes" campaigners had argued that with pills now being bought illegally online abortion was already a reality in Ireland.
"People are self-identifying as Catholic".
In the Sunday Independent, Jody Corcoran said the big pro-choice vote "maximises to a visceral, guttural roar what must amount to be a demand to end decades of hypocrisy and shame".
The deeply Catholic nation became the first country to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote in a 2015 referendum.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
"I would like to reassure you that Ireland is still the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open, and respectful". "Now more than ever it is time for the United Kingdom government to show the same respect for the women of Northern Ireland".
"To be Irish now means to be open", he said.
With Ireland voting overwhelming to repeal the ban on abortion, the question now turns to what will happen next? "This will put pressure in Northern Ireland on the debate but you can't translate what happened in the republic to what happens in Northern Ireland".
Michelle Sweeney said there was no way a mere 7,000 kilometres could stop her from making the journey from Vancouver to Dublin to vote in Friday's historic Irish referendum on abortion.
"It is a criminal offence in Northern Ireland and we have absolutely had enough of it".
The results from the exit polls "didn't surprise" the archbishop, who said he is aware there are now three distinct groups in Ireland's society.
"We're really a tiny place, there's not that many of us and we can only shout loud now".