In landslide vote, Ireland repeals decades-long ban on abortions

Pro-choice campaigners received a shocking landslide referendum victory, according to exit polls.
Protesters in Dublin calling to change abortion laws, 2012 Photo credit: Flickr

Ireland voted to lift the decades-long ban on abortions in a Friday referendum, exit polls have indicated.

According to an exit poll aired on Irish television, a staggering 69.4% voted to repeal the 8th amendment of the constitution, which strongly restricts abortions. For a predominantly Catholic country, in which divorce was still illegal until 1996, these results, if true – are nothing short of shocking.

In 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a public vote.

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called the vote "democracy in action." "Thank you to everyone who voted today. … It’s looking like we will make history tomorrow," he tweeted.

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