Ireland votes overwhelmingly to end abortion ban

Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum

Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum

"I think what we've seen today, really, a combination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10-20 years".

"The outcome of the referendum is an extremely worrying development for the protection of the unborn child in Northern Ireland", said Jim Wells, a member of Northern Ireland's socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party.

"A quiet revolution has taken place", he tweeted, "A great act of democracy". Today, we as a people have spoken. We're inspired by the men and women of Ireland who stood up to reaffirm every woman's right to make decisions about her own body and control her own destiny and to create a country that shares their values. He acknowledged that he was an outlier in his age group, nodding to RTE polls that demonstrated voters 65 and over were the group with a majority vote for no. More than 1,000 people gathered outside the castle, singing, chanting, and toasting one another with champagne as they waited for the official announcement.

Emma Watson also added her thoughts to the conversation.

In response to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calling for abortion to be taken out of the Crimes Act previous year, spokesman Ken Orr said "she wrongly believes that the killing of our unborn children should not be a crime and that this killing should be a core health service". "It felt for a long time women didn't matter.now we know that we matter".

Rene Wogan, 66, held Gallagher's hand and told her, "It was all for justice". "You're forwarding the flag on for women".

Mr Varadkar said the campaign had been largely respectful and the Government now had a mandate to bring forward legislation and secure its passage by the end of the year.

He told Sky TV he expected legislation to be voted through by the end of the year.




With this referendum, the Catholic Church has lost its last battle in Ireland.

A leading campaigner for repealing Ireland's constitutional ban on abortions says it's a "monumental day for women in Ireland" after voters appeared to have overwhelmingly backed liberalizing the country's strict abortion laws. In the European Union, predominantly Catholic Malta is the only country with a total ban.

Irish citizens from all over the world flew to Ireland to vote in the referendum, and the hashtag #HomeToVote was trending on Twitter this week.

Dr. Ruth Cullen, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion LoveBoth campaign, conceded defeat Saturday before the count had finished.

Saturday's triumph for abortion reformers occurred only months before Pope Francis visits the country - the first since John Paul II's tour of Ireland in 1979. He gave his word on this, now he must deliver on it.

Emotional pro choice campaigners singing at Dublin Castle awaiting the formal announcement that Ireland has repealed the constitutional amendment that all but bans abortion in the state. "I'm absolutely delighted, and I feel sorry for all the women who had to go to England to have abortions".

"In 1979, Americans United for Life played a pivotal role in the creation of the 8th Amendment, requiring the equal protection of unborn human life and the life of the mother and making Ireland one of the strongest pro-life nations in Europe", Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life said in a statement.

Maybe it was the death of Savita Halappanavar from sepsis in an Irish hospital after she was denied medical help during a miscarriage that triggered the change.

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