Celebs react to Ireland's abortion ban repeal

Celebs react to Ireland's abortion ban repeal

"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.

All but one of Ireland's 40 constituencies voted "Yes" and contributed to the 66 percent that carried the proposal, nearly an exact reversal of the 1983 referendum result that inserted the ban into the constitution.

Next to her was Rene Wogan, a 66-year-old woman who said she didn't vote in the 1983 referendum - which placed the abortion ban into the constitution - for fear of speaking out against cultural norms of the time.

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

This has sparked calls for Mrs May to reform the laws in Northern Ireland and act in the absence of a devolved administration in Northern Ireland - but such a course of action would be fraught with political danger for the prime minister.

During the press conference that announced the result, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that "I said in recent days that this was a once in a generation vote".

"Today, we have a modern constitution for a modern people", he said.

Emotional pro choice campaigners singing at Dublin Castle awaiting the formal announcement that Ireland has repealed the constitutional amendment that all but bans abortion in the state.

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

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"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. There, approximately 1,000 women travel to England each year to have an abortion or buy abortion pills online.

The magnitude of the predicted victory exceeded the expectations of abortion rights activists.

Ireland's vote will likely put pressure on Northern Ireland to change its abortion laws, too.

The results of the vote led to an outpouring of emotion from the crowd of protestors, with many chanting the "Savita, Savita", in reference to dentist Savita Halappanavar, 31, whose tragic death in 2012 sparked worldwide outrage.

Conceding defeat, the "No" campaign said: "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions".

If the projected numbers hold up, the referendum would be a landmark in Irish women's fight for abortion rights. "We will have a modern constitution for a modern country". The government has proposed allowing abortions in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, with exceptions for later terminations in some cases.

Abortions are now only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk.

Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Law Commission is due to report back to him by the end of this year and, providing the Government can agree on the recommendations, he says it's possible there could be legislation before Parliament next year.

There were roars of approval Saturday when two women leaders of the Sinn Fein party raised a sign that read, "The North is next".

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