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Largely Roman Catholic Ireland votes 2-to-1 to repeal abortion ban

Largely Roman Catholic Ireland votes 2-to-1 to repeal abortion ban

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Voters in deeply Roman Catholic Ireland by a 2-to-1 margin support to repeal a 1983 constitutional ban on abortions, the official vote tally shows. Official results of Friday's referendum showed that among 2.1 million votes cast, 1.4 million were in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution that says a mother and unborn child have an “equal right to life.” About 723,000 voters wanted to retain the ban. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a medical doctor who campaigned for ending the decades-old ban, hailed the result as a "quiet revolution." "The people have spoken," Varadkar said. "The people have said that we want a modern Constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decision and the right choic...