Ireland's pro-life campaign concedes defeat in abortion referendum

A Yes voter on Saturday in Dublin. Early

On Saturday's announcement of the historic result at Dublin Castle, Harris told supporters of repeal: "Under the eighth amendment we used to say to women in crisis: take the boat or take the plane".

Anti-abortion activist Cora Sherlock tweeted on Saturday evening that it was "a sad day for Ireland and for people who believe in genuine human rights".

"What we've seen is the culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland over the past 20 years", said Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a center-right politician who supported repealing the abortion ban.

"It must not be forgotten that us women in Northern Ireland are still persecuted by a Victorian-era abortion ban", Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International said in a statement on Saturday.

Opposition TD Micheal Martin told RTE News that the Irish people had made the right decision and it would mean better care for women in Irish hospitals. Her death was considered a catalyst for the movement to repeal the eighth amendment, her image becoming a part of the campaign for a "yes" vote.

As she held her 18-month old daughter closely to her chest, Amanda Mellet summed up in words what many in Ireland were feeling Saturday after the nation's referendum on abortion passed by a landslide.

Boy George, Ellie Goulding and Mindy Kailing also shared their congratulations to Ireland on the result of the vote.

"I believe in the principle of the right to choose - I think in the rest of the United Kingdom we have a sensible balance", said Sir Vince.

When the final count was announced at Dublin Castle, more than 1,000 people were gathered outside singing, chanting and toasting each other with champagne despite an intermittent light rain. "That would be wrong".

The vote removes a 1983 amendment that required Irish authorities to defend the lives of a woman and a fetus equally on nearly all abortions.

And paraphrasing poet Maya Angelou, he concluded: "The wrenching pain of decades of mistreatment of Irish women can not be unlived".

"I feel very emotional", Zappone said.

VOTERS in Limerick have been thanked for their support as the referendum on removing the eighth amendment looks set to pass.

The first vote I ever cast was in one of the six referendaums that Ireland has had on abortion.

If the "yes" forces seeking a constitutional change prevail, Ireland's parliament will be charged with coming up with new abortion laws. The government has proposed allowing abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, with later terminations allowed in some cases.

Some called for the new abortion legislation to be named "Savita's Law".

Among the 40 constituencies, the pro-choice vote peaked at 78 percent in Dublin Bay South, while rural Donegal was the only one to vote against abortion, by 52 percent.

Ireland has voted in favour of overturning the country's strict abortion ban, following a historic referendum yesterday.

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

"It's mad that there would have been people flying in to vote and a number of women in that airport waiting to leave to go and have an abortion", said art director Aoife Murray, 27, who said the referendum outcome left her in tears of relief.

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