1st results from Ireland abortion vote revealed

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban after historic referendum

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

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

As the final tally was announced showing more than 66 percent of voters supported lifting the ban, crowds in the ancient courtyard of Dublin Castle began chanting "Savita!"

"I'd like to thank the people of Limerick, they've showed great compassion".

It is such a resounding victory that campaigners in Ireland are weeping with joy. "However, today we have ensured that it does not have to be lived again".

The Together For Yes organisation said: "This is a vote for dignity and decency".

"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. The strongest backing came from younger voters; the exit poll said the only age group in which a majority voted "no" was voters age 65 or older.

"The wrenching pain of decades of mistreatment of Irish women can not be unlived", Varadkar. Amnesty International Ireland and the Abortion Rights Campaign, for instance, were required to return political grants of $150,000 and $25,000, respectively, to George Soros's Open Society Foundations.

He told Sky TV he expected legislation to be voted through by the end of the year.

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Adopted in 1983, the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland gives an unborn child the same right to life as their mother, effectively outlawing abortions except in instances where pregnancy would pose "a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother".

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

In a message to the DUP she said the people of Northern Ireland "consistently support change" in the abortion law and it was "time to put them, not power in Westminster, first".

Although the referendum was repealed, abortion won't automatically become legal in Ireland.

"It shows one of the important reasons we need a functioning executive back up and running", a source said.

She chose the latter, and in June 2016, the UN's Human Rights Council ruled that the country's abortion regime subjected her to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment", and called on the Irish government to reform its laws.

DUBLIN, Ireland -Early results on Saturday morning are projecting the repeal of the abortion ban in Ireland, a decision pro-life groups are calling tragic and disappointing. The government has proposed allowing abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, with later terminations allowed in some cases. The consequent prohibition on abortion was partly lifted in 2013 for cases where the mother's life was in danger.

The leaders of Sinn Fein, the province's largest Irish nationalist party that also has a large presence in the Irish republic, held up a sign on stage saying "The North is next".

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