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Ireland legalizes Abortion through a referendum

Ireland has been successful in legalizing abortion in a referendum.

Mary Higgins, Together For Yes campaigner said, “It’s incredible. For all the years and years and years we’ve been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything.”

The results supported the proposal with 67 percent votes for legalizing abortion.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who became Ireland’s first openly gay Prime Minister last year, said, “The public have spoken. The result appears to be resounding… in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment” legal ban on abortion.

He also added, “What we see is the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades.”

Activists campaigning for not legalizing abortion accepted their defeat on Saturday and MPs who campaigned for a “No” vote said they would respect this decision and not go against it.

The Save The 8th group said, “What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions, however, a wrong does not become a right simply because a majority support it.”

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