Theresa Sweeney, a repeal supporter, was one of the first to arrive at a church polling station in Dublin. Exit polls indicated that the repeal was endorsed in urban and rural areas alike, with strong support from both men and women.
Varadkar "said the expected overwhelming win for the yes side was the 'culmination of a quiet revolution in Ireland, '" The Guardian reported. "However, today we have ensured that it does not have to be lived again". Mr. Varadkar said the government will move quickly to introduce legislation that will allow the country's health service to provide unrestricted abortions up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.
After 12 weeks, abortion would only be available in cases of fatal foetal anomaly, if the woman's life was at risk or if her health was at risk of serious harm.
Epitomized by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, many Irish politicians who once professed pro-life beliefs have now nailed their true colors to the pro-abortion mast.
Activists from the "Angels for Yes" campaign near Trinity College.
The referendum result in the Republic of Ireland may increase pressure on Northern Ireland to follow suit.
"I'm voting Yes for anyone who finds themselves in a hard situation to have the choice of what they do with their own body". Currently, terminations are allowed only when the life of the mother is at risk, with a penalty of up to 14 years in prison for breaking the law. It has the toughest anti-abortion laws in the United Kingdom and only Malta has a stricter ban in Western Europe.
Despite, Ireland Abortion Referendum, abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland. "If a young girl gets pregnant, and if it's a 'crisis pregnancy, ' meaning she does not want it, if she sees an abortion clinic across the road, she's going to go and use it".
She also said the breakdown of government in Northern Ireland meant that alternative routes were needed to bring about reform. The province is effectively run out of London and Members of Parliament at Westminster are now calling on Ms.
He said it will be remembered as "the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light". "They'll say, 'I don't think I should vote on this".
Ireland on Saturday voted to overturn the country's controversial ban on abortion.
Communications director John McGuirk said the unborn child no longer had a right to life recognised by the Irish state. "It is time for change across the whole island of Ireland".
"If you won't trust me with a choice, why would you trust me with a baby?" she asks, another sentence to sway an undecided voter, one which I'll be thinking about on Saturday morning, when I hope that any lingering questions and concerns have been addressed, and the majority of Irish people can trust women to make the best decisions about their lives, by voting a resounding and enthusiastic yes. However, few expect her to force through any change given the political reality she faces. Ms. May's minority government depends on 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to remain in power.
"For me, I felt a moral obligation to come back", said Ciaran Gaffney, 22, who forked out almost 1,000 euros to return to the southwestern city of Limerick from Buenos Aires and bumped into four other returning voters on his flight home. Right now, polls indicate that the Irish people are evenly split on the issue, meaning that the vote hangs in a balance.
The country has voted in favour of ending the abortion ban with 66.4% in favour with 33.6% against. One concern that I heard several people express was that abortion would be used as contraception, an idea that seems to come from the misogynistic myth that the No campaign has helped to conjure, one where women can not be trusted and abortion is "on demand", as if it were a Netflix series. "Nothing suggests it has changed".