Irish voters overturn abortion ban

Ryan declared the above results of the referendum in front of a large cheering crowd of people gathering at a central count center at Dublin Castle, a main government complex, in the Irish capital of Dublin.

Proposals for draft laws should the amendment be repealed do not include such a provision. Savita's parents in Belagavi, decided not to go to Ireland, in spite of the many calls they got. "On Friday he'll return the favour and vote to give women the right to make decisions about their own bodies", wrote McHugh.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Varadkar criticized those opposed to abortion for some campaign advertising.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaigned to repeal the laws, had called the vote a once-in-a-generation chance and voters responded by turning out in droves.

"To countries who maybe think that sometimes with a background quite similar to ours that this kind of change is not possible, I think yesterday that we showed this change is possible and I hope that those women will look to us as a sign of what they will achieve in their own future", she said.

A doctor, author and father of a son with Down's syndrome has hit out at Ireland's anti-abortion lobby for using children with the condition during campaigning for Friday's referendum.

He said there appears to be "a greater than 2-to-1 majority in favor of amending our constitution". "We are not a divided country", he said.

On 25 May, people in Ireland will cast their votes to decide whether the 8th amendment of the country's constitution-which now makes abortion illegal in nearly all cases- will be repealed.

In an apparent landslide, Ireland votes to overturn abortion ban. A leading anti-abortion group admitted defeat Saturday.

Upon news breaking of the abortion referendum result, Eamon Martin, the archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland, confirmed he was "deeply saddened" as he added that Irish culture has changed and that people have drifted away from the church.

Katherine Zappone said Saturday she is confident new abortion legislation can be approved by parliament and put in place before the end of the year.

"I'm very proud of her and I support her decision 100 per cent", he said.

The eighth amendment requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law, effectively banning abortions.

Irish anti-abortion campaign groups have claimed that a Down's syndrome diagnosis could be used to access a termination under liberalised abortion laws. Exit polls indicated that the repeal was endorsed in urban and rural areas alike, with strong support from both men and women. Officials results are expected Saturday afternoon.

"My obstetrician turned to me and said, 'If you want to end this pregnancy, it certainly won't be in Ireland".

Pro-Choice supporters celebrate as the results are announced to Repeal the 8th Amendmend and legalize abortion in Ireland. Almost 66.4 percent of voters supported the repeal, in contrast to the 33.6 percent who voted against the repeal.

McGuirk said it will now be relatively easy for the government to pass more liberal abortion laws in the parliament.

The Government's proposed legislation does not permit abortion on the grounds of pregnancies with diagnosis of disability. It is estimated that 10 Irish women travel to the United Kingdom every single day to terminate a pregnancy.

An article that ran in The Japan Times today featured the headline, "Some Irish Catholics worries, dismayed after abortion referendum" while closer to the issue, the Irish Independent splashed, "Abortion vote shows Catholic Church is losing influence in Ireland".

No campaigners also fear that prenatal screening teamed with legal abortion could lead to the eradication of people with Down's syndrome if the Irish constitution is changed. A helicopter landed Thursday with a ballot box that will be brought back to the mainland for counting after the roughly 70 residents have voted.

  • Joey Payne