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Ireland, May 26 (Canadian-Media): Ending abortion ban in Ireland, one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, as a quiet revolution is a big transformation for the country, media reports said.
According to two exit polls released on Friday evening voters had supported this change by more than two-to-one.
An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters backed change by 68 percent to 32 percent and indicated majorities in all age groups under 65 voted for change, including almost nine in every 10 voters under the age of 24.
The vote to repeal the ban was far higher than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote.
Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar said that he plans to bring in legislation by the end of the year.
Leo Varadkar. Image credit: Facebook page
“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,” said Mary Higgins, obstetrician and Together For Yes campaigner.
After official results began to be announced on Saturday, politicians on both sides agreed that the referendum had passed by a large margin.
Final results were due later on Saturday which appeared to be positive.
If confirmed, the result will be the latest milestone on a path of change for Ireland.
Other milestones were: legalisation of divorce by a thin majority in 1995; became the first in the world to adopt gay marriage by popular vote three years back;
The country’s largest newspaper, the Irish Independent described the result as “a massive moment in Ireland’s social history”.
But some voters who said 'No' objected to this new ban saying that it is against protecting the unborn child.
“What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions,” Save The 8th said. “However, a wrong does not become a right simply because a majority support it.”
Save The 8th were reportedly in favour of protecting both the mother and the unborn child.
Reform in Ireland also raised the prospect that women in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, may start travelling south of the border.