Ireland Votes to Repeal Abortion Ban

"Her story was one that captured the realities of what the Eighth Amendment meant in a material, tangible way", he said.

"We are deeply saddened to learn that many Irish people voted against love and life by repealing the 8 amendment", Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life commented.

On Friday, Irish voters overturned the 8th Amendment to Ireland's Constitution, which made it illegal for women to have abortions in the country.

In Ireland, people are especially happy about the victory.

"But she said "I'm sorry, unfortunately it's a Catholic country" and it's the law that they can't abort when the foetus is live". "Today I believe we have voted for the next generation".

The vote comes three years after Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, another move that Varadkar, who is gay, supported.

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

Orla O'Connor, the co-director of the Together for Yes campaign, said it was "a monumental day for women in Ireland", calling the result "a rejection of an Ireland that treats women as second-class citizens".

Thousands of Irish women travelled to the United Kingdom every year for abortions, or sourced abortion pills. "There is no prospect of the (abortion rights) legislation not being passed", he said.

Under the constitutional ban, while "due regard" was given to the right to life of pregnant women and girls, the state's responsibility was to "vindicate" the right to life of the "unborn".

Walthamstow MP Ms Creasy, who led a campaign to allow Northern Irish women to access NHS terminations for free in England, said "21st century abortion laws" should be extended across the British Isles.

FILE PHOTO: People celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2018.

When the final count was announced at Dublin Castle, more than 1,000 people gathered outside sang, chanted and toasted each other with champagne. "And we say that we trust women and we respect women and their decisions". "This is about women taking their rightful place in Irish society, finally". Lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not seek to block the government's plans to allow abortions with no restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The consequent prohibition on abortion was partly lifted in 2013 for cases where the mother's life was in danger.

While politicians around the world who had supported the change were quick to congratulate Ireland.

Ireland's Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 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.

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 liberalising abortion, by 52 percent.

At Dublin Castle, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill held up a banner with the words: "The North is next".

Northern Ireland's elected assembly has the right to bring its abortion laws in line with the rest of Britain, but voted against doing so in February 2016 and the assembly has not sat since the devolved government collapsed in January 2017.