'Monumental day for women': Ireland votes overwhelmingly to repeal abortion ban

Exit polls show that voters in Ireland might have just legalized abortion by a landslide

Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum

Speaking on RTE Radio One yesterday afternoon, the archbishop said the referendum's results confirm that Ireland is "now conforming to a western liberal democracy".

As crowds gathered in the courtyard of Dublin Castle on Saturday to celebrate Ireland's landslide referendum vote to repeal a ban on abortions, the chant broke out of "Savita!"

Former minister Maria Miller called for a referendum on the issue, while Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt, who is responsible for the women and equalities brief in Government, said the referendum signalled a "historic and great day for Ireland" and a "hopeful one for Northern Ireland".

"It's a day of relief and elation for many people in Ireland just to know that our country has been brought into modern-day society".

With claims that Tory MPs are pressing the prime minister to introduce reform on Northern Ireland's abortion laws through legislation Westminster, Mrs Foster stressed that abortion is a devolved issue that should be dealt with by the Assembly.

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Ecstatic crowds celebrate the announcement that the majority vote was in favour of lifting the abortion ban in Ireland. Getty Images

Speaking ahead of the official result on Saturday afternoon, Varadkar said the success of the campaign was down to a number of "very fearless women and men" who told their stories and their experiences of how this "hard law created so many hard cases".

But opponents of the repeal movement have conceded they have no chance of victory.

It will be up to parliament to make new laws to govern abortions now that the public has rejected the constitution's Eighth Amendment in a referendum Friday.

"It's incredible how the Irish at home and overseas came together to make this happen", she said.

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The still-grieving father of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a miscarriage, has welcomed the result of Ireland's landmark referendum to overturn the abortion ban, saying "we have got justice for Savita".

On Friday, the nation's 3.4 million voters were asked via referendum whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its constitution, which protects the right to life for the unborn - meaning an abortion can only be carried out if the mother's life is at risk. Its repeal will mark a significant victory for women's rights in Ireland.

The Irish Sun on Sunday pictured two women hugging under the headline "No more lonely journeys" in reference to those who had been forced to travel to England to have an abortion.

Varadkar said he'd like to pass legislation for a new abortion law by the end of the year, according to The Guardian.

"I feel incredible moved, very proud to be Irish at the moment", she said from Japan.

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He said Ireland would now provide compassion and medical care for women in crisis pregnancies instead of turning a blind eye.

Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of Ireland and Britain where an nearly complete ban on abortion is in operation.

His government proposes allowing abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances. "However, a wrong does not become a right simply because a majority support it".

It indicates about 72 percent of women voted "yes" along with about 66 percent of men.

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